Design for Future Climate: Edge Lane, TIME Project


(TIME - To Improve Mental Health Environments)
This is a development of a mental health facility with 85 wards on a brownfield site next to a major arterial road into Liverpool. It is described as being at a “gateway” into the city.


The aim of this project is to develop a set of tested adaptation packages that will mitigate projected future climate change risks and ensure the sustainable standard of the healthcare building. The aims to meet this goal involve:

  • Establish the extent of climate change impact and risk analysis for the healthcare development.
  • Minimise the risk and negative impacts of climate change via adaptations that have been proven to be effective through simulation and empirical research.


A risk-based assessment was conducted to evaluate potential climate change hazards and impacts drawing from the probabilistic UK Climate Projections 2009. Based on the assessment, climate change adaptation packages for comfort were developed by conducting the following steps:

  1. Adaptation measures for comfort mentioned in Design for Future Climate report (Gething 2010) were considered.
  2. The adaptation measures which are applicable for Edge Lane - TIME development were selected.
  3. To test the performance of these individual adaptation measures, detailed building level energy models were built in the building thermal simulation package IES.
  4. Adaptation packages which are the combinations of the most effective individual adaptation measures were proposed for Edge Lane - TIME development. The performances of these adaptation packages were then tested on the building model under current, 2030s, 2050s and 2080s’ climate.
  5. If active cooling is needed, adaptation packages for air conditioned building are then tested, and the timeline of application of adaptation packages are then summarised.

Adaptation measures for construction and water were given at the end based on empirical experience.


The research provides adaptation packages that are found to be technically effective in responding to the negative impacts of climate change and that might further reduce the risk of on-going climate change.



Research Reports:

  • Gupta, R. and Gregg, M., 2011. Future climate changes projections for Edge Lane, Liverpool: Climate changes hazards and impacts. Submitted to Medical Architecture and Art Projects Ltd., London
    Dated: July 2011
  • Gupta, R. and Du, H., 2012. Overheating metrics and base IES model report - Edge Lane - TIME project. Submitted to Medical Architecture and Art Projects Ltd., London
    Dated: May 2012
  • Gupta, R. , Du, H. and Gregg, M., 2012. Climate change adaptation report - Edge Lane - TIME project. Submitted to Medical Architecture and Art Projects Ltd., London
    Dated: July 2012


Workshops & Conferences:

  • Design for Future Climate Showcase Conference 2012 at London, UK
    Dated: June 2012
  • Project quarterly meeting at Oxford, UK
    Dated: TBC


Low Carbon Building Group

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