The project used an iterative approach, re-visiting some of the steps of the process multiple times, making refinements based on stakeholder engagement.
Key Sustainability Objectives/ Outcomes
Social value outcomes:
Health, Wellbeing and the Environment
- Reduces pollution and street noise.
- Better management of surface flooding.
- Vital habitats and resources for a variety of local wildlife.
- Potentially improved building performance through natural cooling.
- Increased access to green space enhancing the health and wellbeing of the local community.
Strength of Community
- Creates more opportunities to connect with, and learn about, nature.
- A more attractive and vibrant local centre, which retains existing and attracts new users.
Jobs and Economic Growth
- Potentially reduces centre costs through natural temperature control of buildings and management of surface water flows.
- Provides an opportunity for an SME and registered charity, Groundwork Greater Manchester, to build expertise and utilise learning around NBS, to replicate in other places and settings, including community spaces.
- Builds an investment case for green infrastructure, including NBS, within plans for local and district centres by demonstrating multiple benefits to a range of stakeholder.
- Early engagement with priority stakeholders, especially the Landlord (e.g. awareness of project decision windows/deadlines)
- Regular engagement with beneficiaries to avoid misunderstandings (e.g. levels of disruption from construction work only days not weeks/months)
- Early procurement decision-making and contingency options in order to mitigate supply chain disruption (e.g. COVID and the Suez Canal incident)
- Ongoing collaboration throughout the lifecycle of the project (e.g. shopping centre management changed twice during the project)
- Ongoing engagement with local stakeholders throughout the lifecycle of the project (e.g. stakeholders consulted at pre-design, delivery and post project to help with co-design and measure impact)