Holistic landscape design will be essential to successful regeneration.
LUC worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team to deliver this large-scale sustainable development framework in the east of Glasgow: a new city district, with improved connectivity to other regeneration sites.
Long-term transformation of this deprived area was the objective; the Shawfield National Business District could create as many as 15,000 jobs and make a real contribution to Scotland’s economic growth.
At the outset, we prepared a green infrastructure strategy to inform the development framework. This emphasised integrated surface water drainage and pedestrian connectivity to surrounding communities, transport nodes and the River Clyde corridor.
We then led the design and implementation of an advanced phase of public realm and landscape works to tie the new development’s strands together. The design includes major new pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, providing an extension to the strategically important Clyde Walkway, as well as linking the new South Dalmarnock ‘Smart’ Bridge with the centre of the masterplan site.
The public realm needed to be deliberately bold, as it will have to stand alone until nearby development plans are realised, and we were delighted that the scheme was recognised with a Scottish Design Award in 2015.