Landscape architect and Building with Nature Assessor | Erz Architects
'Integrated Green Infrastructure for school grounds'
The need to deliver biodiversity net gain and climate change mitigation brought about by NPF4 is an opportunity to reimagine school grounds. Bringing a nature-based and systems led approach to school ground design greatly enhances the learning environment whilst ensuring that school design teams are delivering on policy and planning legislation. The Building with Nature accreditation is a design standard that can be used to ensure an integrated approach to water management, wildlife and habitat enhancement and placemaking. When combined with imagination and lively educational design the results demonstrate that climate change mitigation and biodiversity net gain policies can be a positive thing for our school communities. Case studies include the new Trinity Academy Sports Centre (CEC, Merrylee Primary School Urban Jungle (GCC) and Frogston Primary School (CEC).