Category Archives: News

September 8 Deadline For Sustainable Water Industry Group Awards

These biennial awards are for projects and products that are imaginative, creative and promote the sustainable use of water.   The aim is: To celebrate and promote good work To increase awareness of what can be achieved To inspire future projects and transformational change.   There are four award categories this year: Project, Product, Communication… Continue Reading

London’s Garden Bridge Project Officially Abandoned

A £200m plan to build a bridge covered with trees over the River Thames in central London has officially been abandoned. The BBC reported that The Garden Bridge Trust said it had failed to raise private funds since losing the support of the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in April. It comes after a review of the project… Continue Reading

Progress On Europe’s Blue Growth Strategy

The European Commission reported significant progress in delivering against its first strategy for Europe’s seas, oceans and coasts – Blue Growth Strategy –  including influencing the international policy agenda.   Although the Blue Growth Strategy was only adopted in 2012, widespread acceptance of these ideas has moved  conservation and sustainable use of the oceans up the… Continue Reading

PERFECT Start To New European Green Infrastructure Project

The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) is leading a new Interreg Europe project called PERFECT to encourage greater investment in green infrastructure across the continent.   In addition to the UK, PERFECT (Planning for Environmental and Resource eFficiency in European Cities and Towns) has six other partners from Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Slovakia and the Netherlands.  All… Continue Reading

Infrastructure Innovation Platform Enables Collaboration

The Infrastructure Industry Innovation Platform (i3P) is an innovative new platform that allows the brightest minds in infrastructure to collaborate to deliver infrastructure for the future, reports Natasha Levanti in Infrastructure Intelligence. Composed of seven clients and 14 tier one contractors or consultants, iP3 aims to showcase and capitalise on innovations from throughout the supply… Continue Reading

Towards An Air Quality Strategy For The Thames

Improving air quality is one of the major challenges facing London and other urban areas around the UK. Recent studies show that around 9,400 deaths in London per year are attributed to air quality related illnesses. Robin Mortimer, Chief Executive of PLA says “As custodians of the tidal Thames, the UK’s busiest inland waterway and… Continue Reading

Mayor Seeks Views On Draft Transport Strategy

The Mayor’s Transport Strategy sets out the Mayor’s policies and proposals to reshape transport in London over the next 25 years. It builds on the vision for a better London that the Mayor outlined in ‘A City for All Londoners’, and takes forward the approach set out in ‘Healthy Streets for London’.     The… Continue Reading

Bid to Create River Thames Nature Reserve in Oxfordshire

A wildlife trust wants to raise £220,000 to buy farmland and create the first nature reserve to cover both sides of the Thames. BBC Oxford reported that The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) is targeting an area at Duxford Old River across the river from its Chimney Meadows reserve in Oxfordshire. The result… Continue Reading

A Visionary Vision for The Thames

Disappointed with previous visions for the Thames, Tim Beckett, co-founder of the marine consultancy engineers Beckett Rankine, has developed a vision that places planning for London’s future flood defences at its heart. His aim was to create a “deliverable visionary vision” and he launched his Alternative Vision for The Thames at the Institute of Civil… Continue Reading

29 September Deadline for Thames Lens Photography Competition

In partnership with the Port of London Authority, Thames Lens invites non-professional photographers to travel onto and by river to capture unique shots of the  Thames that respond to the theme of river, community and identity. This year there is an Instagram category to the competition, allowing users to easily submit images or moving Gifs… Continue Reading