Designing and Building Resilience into Infrastructure Projects - Business Bytes


A 90-minute Business Bytes session to discuss nature-based solutions in infrastructure projects, and their implications for prime contractors and supply chains.

Zoom - Online

Date & time

Thursday, 28 October 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

What is this course about?

This event will feature input from Scottish Canals and also the Metropolitan Glasgow Strategy Drainage Partnership (MGSDP) – which manages a City Deal investment of circa £45m to work in partnership with key stakeholders to deliver a programme of drainage schemes targeting areas of the city where rainfall adversely impacts communities. These schemes will reduce flood risks and impacts, improve water quality, bring greenspace improvements through blue-green interventions, and increase drainage capacity.

The School is delighted to be working closely with Nature Scot on this event, focussing on the Green Infrastructure agenda which is changing Scotland’s towns and cities for the better.

This is a live online course. We will contact you with joining instructions at least 24 hours before your course starts.

What we will cover

The webinar will be based on first principles, ensuring understanding of the importance of design stages and how they feed into the built environment and outcomes delivered, and the associated drivers and multiple benefits/additionality.

The content will also include input from companies involved in on-the-ground delivery – for example, civil engineering/drainage/ materials supply and/or housebuilding, who will provide their own additional perspective. This will provide an insight into current and future opportunities for the supply chain in Scotland to contribute increasing value to green infrastructure systems and solutions.

We will look at the Smart Canal project in Glasgow, which uses the 250-year-old Forth & Clyde Canal and 21st century technology to mitigate flood risk as well as enable massive regeneration is now underway in Glasgow. This pioneering new digital surface water drainage system has unlocked 110 hectares across the north of the city for investment, regeneration and development, paving the way for more than 3000 new homes.

Future plans and projects across Glasgow will also be covered during a presentation by the MGSDP. 

Attending this event will enable companies to find out more about the strategy and approaches being used by public bodies and their delivery partners for climate change adaptation in Scotland, and the opportunities being created through the design, installation and management of new projects and schemes tied to Green Infrastructure funding

Speakers to include:

  • James Murray, MGSDP Manager at Glasgow City Council
  • Peter Robinson, Head of Engineering, Scottish Canals
  • Elana Bader, Green Infrastructure Project & Funding Officer, Nature Scot

Further speakers will be announced in due course.


90 mins

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