The Greater London Authority (GLA) is a top-tier administrative body responsible for strategic planning, transport policy, emergency services and economic development across all 32 London boroughs. In 2017 GLA co-funded the Natural capital account study with the aim of showing the economic value of health benefits that Londoners get from the capital's public parks and green spaces.
Groundwork GDS was commissioned by GLA to develop London’s first cultural infrastructure map providing pan London view of the cultural assets along with other useful contextual information like population growth, transport network and residential developments.
Groundwork GDS, working with GLA’s Culture and GIS teams and with stakeholder involvements, developed the user interfaces and functional designs. We used ESRI’s ArcGIS API with Bootstrap/JQuery elements for the front end functionality.
The Infrastructure Map is an interactive tool which lets users explore current and future development and infrastructure projects in London. It gives boroughs and developers a clear picture of what developments are taking place, so that they can better plan for new housing and other changes. Heart of the System is a database of current developments and future infrastructure investments (from 2015 to 2050) by public and private sectors, which is exposed via secure map services and queryable via user interface. Secure data sharing processes between key partners which includes Barbour ABI, Cadent, EA, National Grid, SGN, Thames Water, TfL, UK Power Networks and all London Boroughs.
Originally developed in ReactJS, Groundwork GDS integrated an API functionality which enabled better user interaction to the underlying datasets and facilitated collaboration between infrastructure providers by sharing the queries and results.
Key features of IMA
The Greater London Authority (GLA) manages a range of crime and community safety datasets from key agencies in a secure database.
Groundwork GDS has been commissioned by GLA to redevelop the SafeStats site as a more stable, transparent and future-proof system with user need and efficiency at its core. The database centrally hosts 30 million crime and safety records in London from 2015 onwards, contributed to directly by nine participating agencies (MPS, BTP, LAS, LFB, ED, TFL, RINL etc). Over 300,000 records are added to the database each month, accessed by over 300 users from these agencies and London Boroughs.
For latest updates see the Safestats blog.
Key features of SafeStats
This project involved working with the GLA to present the findings of the Natural Capital report for London. This report highlights the enormous economic value and benefits provided by public parks and green spaces. It provides evidence for maintaining, or even increasing, investment in London’s public green spaces. To show these benefits we created a web map with a breakdown of the value of green spaces per borough. As part of this a custom UI was developed to show a table including the full breakdown of the value and a link to the appropriate borough in the report.
Groundwork GDS is part of Groundwork London