Launchpad innovation centre for green infrastructure

This pilot targets heat stress, fluvial / coastal flooding, air and water pollution and loss of biodiversity
In 2020, Southend Borough Council will start the development of Launchpad. This innovation centre, the first of its kind in the Borough, will encourage small and medium businesses to invest in the area. Green infrastructure for climate resilience will form an integral part of this innovation centre, which will serve as an exemplar for future new developments.
Pilot location

Southend on Sea

Project phase



Dense City

The pilot will deliver a suite of Green Infrastructure to this development that will build climate resilience whilst creating an attractive and healthy environment to attract new businesses.  This pilot will serve as an exemplar for the inclusion of Green Infrastructure on future new developments in the area and beyond.

The Launchpad site is increasingly at risk of flooding from a nearby river due to climate change. Through the provision of swales, rain gardens, a meadow and permeable paving the pilot will significantly improve the water attenuation on site and reduce flood risk.  A key objective is to provide flood risk mitigation at a level that would cover even flood events that may occur just once every 100 years, adjusted by 40% for climate change.

The pilot will also build climate resilience by reducing heat stress and improving air quality. Other benefits of the green infrastructure delivered include an increase in biodiversity and an improvement to the health and well-being of workers.

Work on the development of Launchpad will begin in July 2020 and will be completed in August 2021.


Southend on Sea Borough Council
Anna Oxenham
Rachel Porter