Building Prosperous Cities
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Building Prosperous Cities

Building Prosperous Cities

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Building Prosperous Cities Conference - The role of ‘natural capital’ and ‘green infrastructure’

Prosperous cities aren’t just about economic activity, they also provide access to greenspace, facilitate healthy lifestyles and help us adapt to climate change.

Building Prosperous Cities is a unique opportunity to consider the role of green infrastructure and natural capital in the success of our cities.  Is green infrastructure fit for purpose for now and the future?  If not, what city-scale policies and programmes might improve it?  How do we make a more effective case for restoring the natural capital of our cities?  

We will answer questions such as:

  • What is the added value of ‘natural capital’ and ‘green infrastructure’ for city-scale planning, design and management?

  • How do we involve urban citizens and secure investment to enhance the green infrastructure required for prosperous cities?


Session 1 - Building Prosperous Cities 

09.30 - Chairperson’s remarks - Sir Michael Lyons

09.35 - VIP addresses - TBC

09.45 - Keynote 1: The big picture - the future of cities. Prof. Tim Stonor (Space-syntax and The Bartlett, University College London)

10.10 - Keynote 2: Natural Capital: the economics of green infrastructure. Ian Dickie (a Director at eftec)

10.45 - Panel discussion - professional perspectives. Prof Vincent Goodstadt (past President, Royal Town Planning Institute), Prof Brian Collins (Professor of Engineering Policy at University College London), Amanda Clack (President, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), Graham Duxbury (Chief Executive of Groundwork UK)

11.20 - Break and refreshments

Session 2 - Case Studies

11.50 - Chairperson - Stephen Wilkinson (Vice President, Royal Town Planning Institute)

Case study presentations

  • Glasgow and the Clyde Valley, Max Hislop (Programme Manager, Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership)

  • Belfast Connswater Greenway, Wendy Langham (Connswater Community Greenway Programme Manager, EastSide Partnership) 

  • Plymouth (Kathryn Deeney and Kaja Curry, Plymouth City Council)

12.50 - Lunch 

Research and Innovation Showcase (over lunch). Facilitated by Dr. John Box (Technical Director in Environment and Urban Design at Atkins).  Read more.

Session 3 - Key Issues 

Chairperson: Anne Selby (Chair of the Greater Manchester Local Nature Partnership)

14.05 - Revealing the true value of greenspace in cities: Sheffield’s natural capital account. Robin Smale (Vivid Economics) & Ellie Robinson (National Trust)

14.30 - Making a sound economic case for investment in green infrastructure. Jim Coleman (Chief Economist, Buro Happold)

14.50 - Optimising the co-benefits of urban green infrastructure. Will Evison (an Assistant Director and environmental economist at PwC)

15.10 - Break and refreshments

15.35 - Meaningful green infrastructure. Tom Armour (Global Landscape Architecture Leader, Arup)

15.50 - Measuring the benefits of green infrastructure and natural capital in urban areas. Dr. Alex Collins (Imperial College) & Nick Paling (Westcountry Rivers Trust)

16.05 - Setting the standard for green infrastructure. Dr. Danielle Sinnett (Senior Research Fellow, University of the West of England)

Session 4 - Partnerships for delivery

16.20 - 'City leaders' panel discussion. Confirmed to date: Nicola Yates (former City Director, Bristol City Council), Cllr Leigh Bramall (Deputy Leader, Sheffield City Council), Niall Bolger (Chief Executive of the London Borough of Sutton), Cllr. Adam Clarke (Assistant City Mayor - Energy & Sustainability - Leicester City Council), Mr Mike Harris (Service Director - Growth, Southampton City Council)

Note this is a provision programme. Minor amendments may occur in the run up to the event.


Please book early to avoid disappointment. 

  • Early bird passes - deadline 31st July 2016 - £145

  • Regular passes - book from 1st August 2016 - £175

We have a limited number of discounted places for third sector organisations (if annual income <£1 million) and local authorities.  Please enquire using

All delegate passes include lunch and refreshments, and a delegate pack including access to electronic versions of presentations. 

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