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URSULA has three ‘I’s – Developing Integrated and Innovative Interventions for Urban River Corridors. David Lerner & Tom Wild. Funding EPSRC Images Simon Ogden/SCC, Tom Wild, Mott Macdonald, Stadt Dortmund Research team Tom Wild Abigail Hathaway Sarah Moore Peter Moug Ed Morgan

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ursula has three i s developing integrated and innovative interventions for urban river corridors

URSULA has three ‘I’s – Developing Integrated and Innovative Interventions for Urban River Corridors

David Lerner & Tom Wild

acknowledgements
Funding

EPSRC

Images

Simon Ogden/SCC, Tom Wild, Mott Macdonald, Stadt Dortmund

Research team

Tom Wild

Abigail Hathaway

Sarah Moore

Peter Moug

Ed Morgan

Ed Shaw

Mel Burton

Partners

Arup

Corus

Environment Agency

H2OPE

RCIS

RTPI

Scott Wilson

Sheffield City Council

SNIFFER

South Yorkshire Forest

Yorkshire Forward

York. & Humber Regional Environ. Forum

Yorkshire Water

And more, we hope

Acknowledgements
taming rivers the danube at vienna

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1888

1989

Taming rivers: the Danube at Vienna

Slide from Klement TOckner, EAWAGMohilla & Michlmayr (1996). Donauatlas – Wien vier Jahrhunderte Kartenbild

is this the best we can do
Is this the best we can do?
  • Narrow corridor
    • Access
    • Recreation
    • Ecological value
    • Flooding
    • Land value
    • Economic contribution
  • We’ve turned round and stopped removing the trees
sustainable design
Sustainable design
  • Maximises
    • Environmental
      • Biodiversity
      • Pollutant processing
      • Flood management
    • Social
      • Health and well being
      • Community
      • Landscape
    • Economic
      • Productivity
      • Land values
      • Flood damage
  • values
sustainable design8
Sustainable design
  • Maximises
    • Environmental
      • Biodiversity
      • Pollutant processing
      • Flood management
    • Social
      • Health and well-being
      • Community
      • Landscape
    • Economic
      • Productivity
      • Land values
      • Flood damage
  • values
what is ursula
Urban River Corridors and Sustainable Living Agendas

EPSRC* funded research project

A consortium of researchers and stakeholders

Support for the Waterways Strategy Group and partners

£2.5M over 4 years from January 2008

310 man-months of researcher time

An opportunity!

What is URSULA?

*EPSRC = Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council

ursula hypothesis
There are significant social, economic and environmental gains to be made by integrated and innovative interventions in urban river corridors.

Can the river improve the city,and the city improve the river,and both improve life for all?

URSULA Hypothesis
ursula aim methodology

Indicators

Stakeholders

Interventions,innovations

Assessment of interventions

New tools

Recommendations

Data & models

URSULA aim & methodology
integrated and innovative interventions
Integrated and Innovative Interventions
  • To be determined in alliance with stakeholders
    • What is happening?
    • What are they interested in testing
    • What can we do?
    • What novel ideas do we have?
  • Some possibilities …
3 scales 3 case studies
3 scales – 3 case studies
  • Site (building) scale
    • Vulcan House / Kelham Island Goyt
  • Reach (street) scale
    • Nursery Street
  • Corridor (strategic planning) scale
    • Upper & Lower Don valley regeneration corridors
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3. Blue-green spaces (corridor)

1. Vulcan House (site)

2. Nursery Street (reach)

vulcan house home office
Vulcan House (Home Office)
  • Exceeds BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating
    • Carbon neutral in use
    • water use 20% < than government target
  • BUT – how does building design make use of river setting?
the river as an asset
The river as an asset
  • Vulcan House could be anywhere …
  • Some interventions to study:
    • River as heat source or sink
    • Flood-proofing
    • Microhydro
      • Once again harness Sheffield’s rivers?
      • Modern day water wheels?
multi functional design of spaces
Multi-functional design of spaces
  • Could Nursery Street provide:
    • Flood storage capacity
    • A high quality setting for investment
    • An image changing ‘landmark’
    • An event space
    • Improved local quality of life
    • Reconnection to the core of the city?
corridor scale
Corridor scale

Dortmund’s green radial plan

“The redevelopment of urban river corridors provides us with a once in a lifetime opportunity to recreate open space networks penetrating the heart of the city, and sustainable transport links joining communities with key economic centres” (TW)

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Maximises

Environmental

Biodiversity

Pollutant processing

Flood management

Social

Health and well-being

Community

Landscape

Economic

Productivity

Land values

Flood damage

values

What is the appropriate ratio of Blue : Green : Grey

How do land values respond to more blue-green space?

Can flood capacity be built in without losing other values?

How do we negotiate these trade-offs?

Sustainable design
summary
Summary
  • The opportunity of urban river corridors
  • Sustainable design for social – environmental – economic values
  • Investigate interventions at all scales
  • Working with stakeholders
    • d.n.lerner@shef.ac.uk or t.wild@shef.ac.uk