Morgan Taylor, Greengage Environmental Ltd
Project nominated for: Canary Wharf Biodiversity Action Plan
Nominated by: Mike Harris and Mitch Cook, Greengage Environmental Ltd
Morgan’s nominators tell us why he was nominated:
He ensures to consult with the design team on every project and discuss what bespoke ecological
enhancements features would be appropriate for the scheme, listening to the thoughts and opinions of
those involved, and making sure that actions can be multifunctional, working alongside the wider goals for
Morgan has inspired many to take up the mantle of ecological protection on their projects, highlighting the benefits that well-designed ecological features can have for a scheme. He even managed to inspire a quantity surveyor to take up a new career in environmental consultancy following a particularly inspirational talk!
Morgan runs Greengage’s CPD seminars on ecology and green infrastructure. He has spoken with over 50 architects, planners and project managers, sharing his enthusiasm on the subject, encouraging engagement and interest in the natural world.
He has created inventive ecological strategies for numerous developments across the UK, including ‘designed’ living roof layouts and novel mitigation approaches – for example he successfully achieved a Natural England protected species licence to relocate a protected plant species from ground level onto a specially designed living roof in east London.
Morgan is an expert in urban ecology and has been asked to speak at international conferences on the topic. He sits on Lend Lease’s Biodiversity Panel and has helped shape the ecological strategy for the Elephant and Castle regeneration scheme, and led on the preparation of the Canary Wharf BAP.
How Morgan has gone the extra mile to enrich and enhance biodiversity on this project…
Morgan has led from the outset on creating an innovative and forward-thinking BAP for Canary Wharf. Morgan ensured that the final product was an evidence-based strategy that identified specific risks through heat island effect modelling and ecosystem service valuation, embedding interventions to address climate change, health and well-being alongside nature conservation actions at the Estate for the next 10-years.
He also researched appropriate ecosystem service valuation tools such as I-Tree, the amended versions of Defra’s offsetting metric and the Green Space Factor tool detailed within the Draft London Plan. The approach is therefore inherently replicable, systematic, quantitative and evidence based.