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Capital Infrastructure Projects

The Green Infrastructure Fund projects will improve the quality of our urban fabric through investment in green infrastructure, based on an understanding of the way the urban environment works and the benefits it brings to people, and involving people in decisions about their environment. As well as the green infrastructure they create or improve, each project also contains a community engagement element.

Urban greenspaces or green connections can be thought of as “green infrastructure” because simple things like trees, greenspaces and watercourses, in addition to their ecological function, can provide valuable services to people. Improving green infrastructure enhances shelter, access and travel options, sustainable urban drainage, pollution mitigation and food production – as part of a wider urban ecosystem. Working in this way, our urban environment can host enhanced habitats for wildlife and create attractive places for people, which can in turn bring benefits for people’s health and well-being.

SUMMARY LIST OF GRANTEES AND PROJECTS

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Blairbeth Urban Park - These works will see the transformation of a former private golf course, currently in a derelict state, into a new urban park. It will be the catalyst and centrepiece for a master planning exercise to regenerate the immediate area including new housing and access routes to the wider greenspace of Cathkin Park and the Commonwealth Games cycling facility.  READ MORE

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St Eunan's Community Greenspace - West Dunbartonshire Council is planning to develop the former St Eunan’s Primary School site which is located within a residential neighbourhood of Clydebank and is currently inaccessible and severely contaminated. The site will be transformed into an attractive and exciting new Community Green Space with biodiversity areas, raised bed allotments, recreational areas for children, outdoor exercise equipment, and outdoor education areas as well as interpretation about the heritage of Clydebank. In addition, new pedestrian routes will be provided through the site.  READ MORE

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Foresterhill Health Campus - TThe Foresterhill campus is the site of Aberdeen’s main hospitals alongside the medical school and medical science departments of the University of Aberdeen. The Aberdeen Royal Infirmary was built in the early twentieth century on the edge of the urban area of Aberdeen. Through the course of the 20th century, the site has been developed incrementally in an uncoordinated manner, resulting in a campus that is illegible to pedestrians, dominated by vehicular circulation and infrastructure and lacking usable or accessible greenspace. The campus includes extensive areas of impermeable surfacing, with large scale parking areas that accelerate surface water runoff and contribute to significant downstream flooding in central Aberdeen. The Foresterhill project will transform the campus and demonstrate best practice in green infrastructure, delivering a range of outcomes through co-ordinated landscape interventions.  READ MORE

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Middlefield Greenspace and Regeneration Project - This Project has been developed with the community, during a consultation process that commenced in 2014. A ‘Total Place’ audit was undertaken of this neighbourhood. One of the identified actions was to upgrade this Park.  The Project will provide a high quality, outdoor recreational space that is readily accessible to those whose life choices are limited by their personal circumstances. It is intended that these persons will also be supported in participating in a wide range of activities within this Park. It is anticipated that these improvements and activities will have a positive effect on a range of deprivation indicators.  READ MORE

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Halfway Community Park - Southside Housing Association, in partnership with the local community and Glasgow City Council, will completely transform a currently underused, awkward to access and bland open space at Moss Heights to make a community park. Halfway Park will be landscaped to allow easier access for all, to greatly enhance and enrich the flora and fauna of the local area and offer a range of opportunities for people to get involved with, from community growing and learning to cycle, to volunteer tree care and gardening apprenticeships.  READ MORE

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Greater Easterhouse - The project will create new and improved open space through an integrated green and blue network in two focus areas – Cranhill/Ruchazie and Blairtumnock which will create green finger connections to the 7 Lochs Wetland Area. The project will transform over 29ha of land within an area which has been identified as one of Scotland’s most socially and economically deprived areas. There will be a mix of habitats network creation including wildflower, wetland, woodland and grassland. The project will transform vacant and derelict sites into connected and accessible green spaces with surface water management ponds, channels and day-lighting of culverted burns.  READ MORE

The unusual population of water voles will be protected during the work, and have their habitat enhanced.

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Canal and North Gateway - A project to enhance greenspace along the canal corridor between Firhill and Port Dundas, including creation of a Local Nature Reserve and an innovative water management solution based around the Forth & Clyde Canal.  The project has two parts along the canal corridor between Firhill and Port Dundas. The Clay Pits Local Nature Reserve (LNR) project will change a 10ha derelict site into a Local Nature Reserve with a barrier free path and boardwalk network, mountain bike trail, disabled access fishing pegs, re-designed gateway entrances, viewpoints, and a feature canal pedestrian bridge linking Maryhill and Woodside communities with the Clay Pits and linking Hamiltonhill and Possilpark with Woodside and Maryhill. The other part of the project provides the surface water drainage solution for the regeneration of key vacant and derelict sites including Sighthill, Hamiltonhill and Cowlairs through dynamically managing the water level in the canal to provide flood storage.  This is an exemplar project where blue-green infrastructure underpins regeneration.  READ MORE

 

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Urban Design with Nature Sharing Good Practice Event - 21 February 2018 - Battleby Conference Centre, Perth

Organised by Scottish Natural Heritage in partnership with ERZ Studio, WSP, and Glasgow City Council this free event is for urban planners, designers, architects, landscape architects, developers, contractors, engineers; house builders and social...

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
Associate Feature: Greening the grey - why Scotland needs green infrastructure

Holyrood Magazine has published an article written by our Chairman, Mike Cantlay, setting out the importance of Green Infrastructure and the positive impact it can have on communities.  You can view it ...

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
The Adult Health and Social Care Crisis - Green Infrastructure as part of the solution

Rather than regarding green infrastructure as a burden on hard-pressed public finances, we should embrace it as an important part of an approach to sustainable healthcare, says Ben Williams.

Friday, November 24th, 2017
LCTT Challenge Fund Round 2 now open

Transport Scotland’s Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund is now open for Round 2 applications.  Energy Saving Trust administers the fund on behalf of Transport Scotland.  Click...

Thursday, October 26th, 2017