The Building with Nature standard provides an independent assessment of the development’s delivery of good green infrastructure. Formed from a collaboration between Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and the University of the West of England; and born out of a mutual desire to have a proactive approach to nature-friendly development that is sensitive to location and context, and cares about long-term maintenance and management.
The Building with Nature benchmark has been set up as the UK’s first green infrastructure standard, making it easier for those charged with designing, delivering and maintaining green infrastructure to deliver ecosystem services for people and wildlife.
As Approved Assessors the Nicholsons team can help you evaluate the opportunities and guide you through the process from inception to formal accreditation.
The assessment comprises 12 standards divided into four elements:
CORE – the fundamental basis of all green infrastructure designs. This set of five standards reviews the multi-functionality, relevance, design, resilience, and long-term management of the scheme.
WELLBEING – assesses the public benefit in terms of accessibility, and the promotion of healthy living and lifestyles.
WATER – assesses how the sustainable drainage is incorporated into, and enhances, the green infrastructure network.
WILDLIFE – how the design deals with nature: protection, delivery, and enhancement of habitats, consideration of relevant species, and the connectivity of surrounding habitat networks.
Nicholsons are able to formally assess and accredit projects through the standard, to provide the independent evidence-base to demonstrate how projects have gone beyond the mandatory requirements for biodiversity net gain, to deliver real gains to the wider green infrastructure.
This voluntary approach provides a demonstrative and collaborative approach to planning applications and ensures that multifunctional greenspace is delivered in a meaningful and relevant manner.