NORISC created software to help regulators, consultants and developers reclaim contaminated ‘brownfield’ sites, including the biological, chemical, geophysical and hydrological aspects of remediation. It reduced the time it takes to perform risk assessments by up to 80% and the cost of redevelopment by half (see www.norisc.com).
Parks and green open spaces improve urban quality of life and sustainability. GREENSPACE studied how urbanites both perceive and use green zones – for aesthetics, recreations, as places to meet, etc. It created a toolkit to help urban planners establish the best ‘green space’ mix in different situations (see www.green-space.org).
The LUTR cluster of projects is finding new ways to help cities and large towns optimise their use of buildings, land and transport networks as a means of reducing chronic problems, such as traffic congestion and urban sprawl (see www.lutr.net).