Greengage have been working on a range of bespoke integrated biodiversity, green infrastructure and climate resilience strategies throughout 2020. This has included industry leading policy pieces such as Landsec’s Places for People and Nature: Biodiversity Framework.
This document outlines Landsec’s approach to delivering biodiversity within new development, connecting the dots between benefits for nature and people. Such pieces acknowledge how gains for biodiversity can be leveraged to improve the functionality and long term resilience of our spaces.
Places for People and Nature includes a bespoke ecosystem service valuation matrix, which allows for improvements in overall environmental performance to be assessed as part of new schemes, helping optimise outcomes through the design and build process.
With the emergence of forward thinking policy like this, the question in the future about whether a development is viable, or how land or building portfolios are managed, is not likely to solely account for classic financial drivers, but the embedded nature-related climate risk; equating biodiversity value to good business decision making. This paradigm shift acknowledges nature’s inherent importance for humanity.
Embedding ecology into our assets has always been of utmost importance to us as a business. That’s why we worked closely with Greengage to develop a Biodiversity Brief for Developments built around 5 principles, complementing our commitments on our existing portfolio.
This Brief solidifies our approach to nature based urban solutions to ensure that we deliver high quality places where people and nature mutually benefit. As we are faced with bigger and more frequent challenges from climate change, these solutions not only mitigate their impact but build in resilience to ensure our long term relevance.
Nils Rage, Sustainable Design and Innovation Manager, Landsec.