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Hosted by:

Meristem Design

Organised by:

Landor LINKS Live

Sponsored by:

Civic Engineers
Project Centre

Developing green & blue solutions

Thursday 30 November 2023  ||  15 Hatfields, London

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The first ever Climate Resilient Streets conference and exhibition is taking place in London on 30 November.
Three changes are about to transform the policy, practice and funding framework supporting the climate resilience of our streets. This event will provide insight and explanation, explore stakeholder perspectives and examine opportunities for delivering innovation, including the win-wins that can be achieved by smart collaboration.


Three reasons why you should attend Climate Resilient Streets:

1. Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) rules are coming. Developers in England will be required to deliver 10% BNG from January 2024 when building new housing, industrial or commercial developments. This means that, by law, they must deliver a ‘net positive’ for the local environment, for example by creating new habitats and green spaces.

To support the implementation of BNG, the Government has pledged more than £15m to assist local planning authorities to prepare. The Government will publish all guidance and the regulations for BNG by the end of November.

2. Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) will become mandatory for new developments in January 2024. This will reduce the risk of surface water flooding, pollution and help alleviate the pressures on our traditional drainage and sewerage systems, says the Government.


The new approach to drainage will ensure sustainable drainage systems are designed to reduce the impact of rainfall on new developments by using features such as soakaways, grassed areas, permeable surfaces and wetlands.


3. The need for interventions has become more pressing as extreme weather events become a regular occurrence. In the past month parts of the UK have been hit by heavy rain and flooding twice: first Storm Babet and then Storm Ciarán just weeks later.


Climate scientists have amassed evidence that the UK is becoming more prone to extreme weather events, and in the past decade there has been more flooding. This has led to increasing demands for more green spaces, tree planting and water storage areas in urban areas as well as the removal of hard surfacing to enhance drainage.

Climate Resilient Streets will attract national and local government practitioners, landowners and developers, utilities companies and water experts, urban planners and landscaping architects to discuss and debate the future of climate resilient streets.  





Creating green & blue environments – what are the components that make up a climate resilient street?

Why do we need to change our streets? How do we measure the benefits? What are the main challenges to bringing about the changes we need at street level and how do we overcome those challenges?

Chair: John Lamb, Chair of Adaptation, Biodiversity & Climate Board of the UK Road Leadership Group



  • Holly Smith, Project Manager (Surface Water Flooding), GLA

  • Maria Mejia, International Climate Protection Fellow, EIT Climate-KIC

  • Adrien Baudrimont, Research Manager, CIRIA

  • Zac Tudor, Associate Landscape Architect, Arup, Sheffield


Morning break


Small interventions that make a big difference

Micro-level measures that don’t cost the earth. There are quick and inexpensive innovative ways of creating climate resilient streets and reducing flood risk. Measures, made possible by different funding sources, can complement one another to make a significant impact

Chair: Eleanor Broad, Associate Director, Create Streets



  • Habib Khan, Founder and Director, Meristem Design

  • Rowena Kenny, Green Infrastructure and Nature Recovery Programme Manager, South Gloucestershire Council

  • Romain Pison, Director of Decarbonisation, SYSTRA

  • John Lamb, Chair of Adaptation, Biodiversity & Climate Board of the UK Road Leadership Group




Best practice: More than just a pretty streetscape

How liveable neighbourhood and LTN schemes can encompass practical measures for boosting biodiversity and tackling flood risk. How one scheme can have multiple benefits – active travel, mental health, community cohesion, biodiversity and tackling flood risk

Chair: Steph Bortoli, Head of Communications and Engagement, Project Centre



  • Matt Panou, Climate Adaptation Manager, Lambeth Council

  • Amy Priestley, Urban Designer, Urban Movement

  • Gary Grant, Director, Green Infrastructure Consultancy

  • Stephen O'Malley, Chief Executive, Civic Engineers


Afternoon break


Why partnership working is key to transforming our streets

Seemingly disparate groups are increasingly connecting to develop climate resilient streets. This enables a more over-arching, coherent approach and also opens up an array of new funding possibilities

Chair: Zoe Metcalfe, Director, Connected Thriving Places, Local and Central Government, AtkinsRéalis



  • Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader, London Borough of Waltham Forest

  • Ludo Pittie, Head of Landscape, WSP 

  • Marta Chudzio, Water Engineer, Thames Water

  • Joe Hitchman, Principal Flood Risk Engineer, Project Centre 

  • Dr Isobel Wilson, Policy Advisor - Transport Technology, CIHT




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Stephen O'Malley
Chief Executive, Civic Engineers

Maria Mejia

Maria Mejia
International Climate Protection Fellow, EIT Climate-KIC

Rowena Kenny

Rowena Kenny
Green Infrastructure and Nature Recovery Programme Manager, South Gloucestershire Council 

John Lamb

John Lamb
Chair of Adaptation, Biodiversity & Climate Board of the UK Road Leadership Group 

Holly Smith

Holly Smith
Project Manager (Surface Water Flooding), GLA 

Gary Grant

Gary Grant
Director, Green Infrastructure Consultancy

Dr Isobel Wilson

Dr Isobel Wilson
Policy Advisor - Transport Technology, CIHT

Zoe Metcalfe

Zoe Metcalfe
Director, Connected Thriving Places, Local and Central Government, AtkinsRéalis

Marta Chudzio

Marta Chudzio
Water Engineer, Thames Water

Romain Pison

Romain Pison
Director of Decarbonisation, SYSTRA

Habib Khan

Habib Khan
Founder and Director,
Meristem Design 


Ludo Pittie

Ludo Pittie
Head of Landscape, WSP  


Amy Priestley

Amy Priestley
Urban Designer,
Urban Movement

Adrien Baudrimont

Adrien Baudrimont
Research Manager, CIRIA

Eleanor Broad

Eleanor Broad
Associate Director,
Create Streets


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Cllr Clyde Loakes
Deputy Leader, London Borough of Waltham Forest

Speakers and exhibitors confirmed from the following organisations:

Civic Engineers
Meristem Design
Project Centre
Thames Water


Exhibition Packages are charged at £2,000 plus VAT and include the following:


  • 3m x 2m exhibition table top area supplied with chairs, table and power supply 

  • 3 delegate places with full access to all conference sessions 

  • A company profile in the show guide - a logo and 100 word listing 

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Delegate rates

Public Sector

First Public Sector Delegate

£225 + VAT

Each Additional Public Sector Delegate

£175 + VAT

Private Sector

First Private Sector Delegate

£325 + VAT

Each Additional Private Sector Delegate

£275 + VAT

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