After cooling down from the record-breaking heatwave, Hydrock's director of innovation delivery, Chris Bowie-Hill featured in an article by Estates Gazette regarding the UK’s severe lack of climate-friendly design in the built environment and how we can overcome the issues we face with rising urban temperatures.
Temperatures soared to unbearable levels this summer with some parts of the UK reaching over 40 degrees on 18 July 2022. This was the first-ever 'red extreme heat warning' and we also witnessed a number of fires across London and the South East.
Chris said: “The one thing we have all realised, from either travelling into the office or working from home, is that our buildings and infrastructure are dangerously ill-equipped to cope with such extreme weather conditions. We need to evolve the way we design our cities to manage the unprecedented hot weather.”
Chris also highlighted that UK shouldn’t be afraid to re-think the way cities are planned: “We should be looking at nature-based solutions, introducing blue and green infrastructure, such as increasing urban regreening and using water to double as flood mitigation.”