Glasgow flood risk management project scoops national award

A forthcoming project that will aim to better manage flood risk and improve greenspace in Cardonald has won an award at the Landscape Institute Awards 2021.

The joint project between Southside Housing Association and Glasgow City Council scooped the Building with Nature National Award.

It earned the accolade for its green retrofit design that will see the transformation of underused greenspace adjacent to Queensland Court and Gardens.

The design plans were co-developed by Raeburn Farquhar Bowen, alongside engineering consultants Sweco.

They include the creation of a new community park with residents’ garden and seating; as well as the introduction of sustainable drainage measures.

Glasgow City Council explained that the drainage mitigations will reduce the local flood risk by mirroring the way rainwater is managed naturally – helping to slow down its flow into the surrounding drainage network.

The local authority added, “The creation of this much improved community greenspace will assist the area in adapting to the challenges associated with climate change, whilst also providing attractive, accessible open space that will include dedicated play areas for children, complemented by a holistic landscape design that offers many environmental benefits.”

The Landscape Institute recognition follows the Building with Nature Full (Excellent) award recently conferred on the project design. The council said the accreditation offers a ‘new benchmark’ for high-quality green infrastructure and sets the standard for the design, implementation, and maintenance of high-quality green features in new developments across the UK.