As the dust settles: How healthy is London’s built environment?

The sands of the Sahara last week highlighted the unpalatable reality of London’s air quality and unhealthy environment. With the EU penalising London for its failure to reduce “excessive” levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) air pollution how can the built environment impact and improve on the health and well-being of the city’s citizens?

Events of Open-City’s Green Sky Thinking shows how…

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust alongside British Gas and the GLA showcase how it is delivering resilience and efficiency in the NHS. Considering the context of the NHS (ts increasing demand for services, resources and finances) and its relationship to the buildings performance and enhanced patient environment.

Mott MacDonald ask if healthy spaces are a commercial priority or a development luxury, assessing the building design and materials selection required for occupant health, wellbeing and productivity.

The ‘Well-being, Employee Productivity and Building Performance’ event brings Cushman & Wakefield, The Crown Estate, Interface together to discuss the challenges of operating a “sustainable building” sustainably and the affects on building users. Occupant productivity is also assessed by Derwent London, AHMM and Arup.

Fenchurch Street… the Walkie Stalkie? Biotecture and Land Securities will host a site visit of 20 Fenchurch Street and its, currently being installed, green wall – the largest in London. The practical impact on local air quality, building temperature mediation, rain mitigation and urban greening to be showcased. Victoria Bid also look at the living wall of Rubans at the Palace Hotel considering the planning, client and environmental constraints and opportunities.

PRP Architects focus on how modern design approaches can impact on occupant wellbeing and contribute to promoting health and productivity at the event ‘Occupant Wellbeing: The Importance of Healthy Buildings’. With Andrew Mellor, PRP’s Environmental Partner and chaired by John Alker, Policy Director, UKGBC.

With London ranked as 55th in the world for most liveable city, health and well-being and its impact on general urban liveability is considered by CPRE London & Commonplace who ask what is neighbourhood liveability and how can it be improved? Ramboll assess London on the international stage following their advisory capacity to Copenhagen’s liveability with ‘Can London become a Liveably City?’.

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