RJ McLeod has commenced work to transform a green space in Glasgow’s southside into a ‘vibrant’ urban park.
The ‘underused’ area adjacent to high-rise flats at Queensland Court and Gardens in Cardonald will include an outdoor socialising space, informal woodland, and dedicated toddler and children’s play spaces, as well as a bicycle pump track, and cycle storage facility.
It will also see the delivery of sustainable drainage systems that mimic nature. This includes rain gardens, basins, and swales which Glasgow City Council said will mitigate the likelihood of future flooding.
The council, which is leading the project alongside Southside Housing Association, said that the creation of the ‘improved, more resilient’ community space responds positively to the climate emergency and will deliver an ‘accessible, open’ space for residents ‘enhanced’ through an award-winning landscape design which has been recognised by Building with Nature and the Landscape Institute.
Councillor Elaine McSporran, chair of the Cardonald Area Partnership, said, “I’m delighted to see work commencing on a project that will deliver transformative environmental benefits that meet the needs and aspirations of Queensland Court and Gardens residents.
“The greenspace improvements offered by this Glasgow city deal backed project will encourage greater social interaction and deliver a greener, more pleasant environment for play, recreation, and active travel.
“The introduction of nature-based solutions to reduce the risk and impact of surface water flooding will also ensure the future useability and enjoyment of this valuable community space.”