Chiswick business park

The development now demonstrates how designing a high quality landscape naturally integrates adaptation measures such as large trees, surface water and good irrigation which will ensure comfort for people is maintained as cities get hotter.

Chiswick Business Park was designed in the late 1990s when climate change was not generally treated as an important consideration. The focus for the developers was that it should offer a high quality working environment.

The parkland provides a pleasant place for employees and local people to enjoy and the large trees and water help to regulate the air temperature around the buildings, reducing the urban heat island effect in the neighbourhood.

The Chiswick Park landscape is almost ‘water neutral’ – it draws little water from external sources and most run-off is contained within the site. The lakes and waterfall at the centre of the development are the most visible elements of the sustainable urban drainage system that reduces site run-off to a level low enough to be handled by existing services.

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Tags: green infrastructure, public space, water

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