Work begins to create Glasgow urban park and flood water defences

CONSTRUCTION work has begun on creating an ‘urban park’ and improving flood water defences in a west Glasgow district.

Says a Glasgow City Council announcement, here: “An underused area adjacent to high-rise flats at Queensland Court and Gardens [in Cardonald] is to be transformed into a vibrant urban park with a rich planting scheme that will incorporate an outdoor socialising space and informal woodland. 

“The project will also deliver dedicated toddler and children’s play spaces, a bicycle pump track, and cycle storage facilities to encourage active travel.

“Sustainable drainage measures that mimic nature such as raingardens, basins and swales, will also be retrofitted on site to better manage rainwater and mitigate the likelihood of future flooding.”

It’s a joint venture between Southside Housing Association and Glasgow City Council through the City Deal-backed Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership (MGSDP).

A year ago, the scheme was among nine projects to have been awarded almost £4m ‘urban fabric’ funding between them – as announced here, by the council.

Construction at Queensland Court and Gardens is being carried out by contractor, RJ McLeod, to a Sweco and Raeburn Farquhar Bowen design.

Picture credit: Southside Housing Association

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