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Queensland Gardens Surface Water Management Proposals


Glasgow City Council


Queensland Gardens, Glasgow

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Project Overview

Sweco was appointed by Glasgow City Council to create new rain gardens comprising of an attenuation basin and swales around two blocks of flats. Community consultation was key to developing a design sympathetic to the concerns of residents.

The Challenge

The site for the proposals is located around two existing blocks of flats in Hillington, Glasgow. The site currently consists of mown grass and scattered trees. Standing water is common within the grounds during the winter, and proposals for swales and an attenuation basin would alleviate the problem on site and in the surrounding streets. The proposals include the introduction of a new footpath and planting to integrate the proposals into the local landscape and improve biodiversity whilst enhancing visual amenity and recreation value. The proposed vegetation will assist in the trapping of pollutants to improve overall water quality whilst the SUDS elements improve flood water resilience and ground water recharge.

A community consultation event gave residents an opportunity to comment on proposals and provide the design team with a greater understanding of the current issues and the uses of the space.

Key Services Delivered

  • Visualisation
  • Outline Design
  • Detailed Design
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • SUDS
  • Ecology & Habitat Creation
  • Landscape Management Plans


Building with Nature Full Accreditation (Excellent)

Southside Housing Association has successfully demonstrated compliance with the Building with Nature Standards for the Queensland Court & Gardens green infrastructure project.

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