Climate-Proofing Social Housing Landscapes

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United Kingdom_06
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Queen Caroline Estate; Cyril Thatcher, Eric MacDonald and Richard Knight Houses; and Cheeseman's Terrace
Groundwork London, in partnership with Hammersmith and Fulham Council, received LIFE+ funding for the Climate-Proofing Social Housing Landscapes project in 2013. The project, which came to an end in September 2016, has demonstrated an integrated approach to climate adaptation in urban areas by undertaking a package of affordable, light-engineering climate change adaptation measures based around the retrofitting of blue and green infrastructure (tsee illustrations in herewith file). Alongside this, the project has also featured in-depth community engagement and awareness-raising of climate change adaptation opportunities, as well as training local apprentices and local authority staff in the skills to implement and maintain such measures. These measures have been implemented in three different social housing contexts in West London, within areas characterised by high levels of multiple deprivation including higher exposure to climate-related risks. Ultimately, the project aimed to demonstrate an integrated approach to addressing climate-related and wider socio-economic challenges in vulnerable urban environments.
Reviewed by: 
Benoit Fribourg-blanc
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The project sought to deliver a holistic package of climate change adaptation solutions in three social housing estates within the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. The Borough is one of the 32 London Boroughs, situated to the western side of Central London. The River Thames forms the borough boundary to the South and South-West. It is the third smallest of the London Boroughs in terms of land area (1,640 hectares) and currently has a population of c.182,500. Population growth is expected to slow over the next decade, however, it is already one of the most densely populated local authorities in England, with around 114 persons per hectare (pph) compared to the London average of 52pph (LBHF, 2010). The three estates, owned by the Local Authority, were chosen as demonstration sites because they reflect different social housing contexts (such as property types and estate sizes) that can be found across EU member states, demonstrate vulnerability to increasingly extreme weather conditions, and have high indices of multiple deprivation. In this way, the project was able to demonstrate how green infrastructure adaptation measures can be implemented in a wide range of urban housing settings.
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Inner London
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Groundwork London
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