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Urban Makeover – from bus park to vibrant greenspace

Making places nicer to live and work is at the heart of the work we do, so transforming some vacant and derelict land in an urban area into a high quality greenspace community park was challenge we just couldn't turn down.

Camlachie – in the East End of Glasgow – has been consistently identified as one of Scotland's most deprived communities. Despite the housing area being completely regenerated, the community still had no access to green or open space. In the heart of a residential area lies a former bus park for Celtic Football Club – an unsightly space that provided no benefit to local people.

Our aim was to transform this into a place that improved local people's quality of life, encouraged healthy lifestyles and outdoor activity as well as providing habitat and wildlife benefits.

View of camlachie

The development

The Camlachie Community Park project involved us working in close partnershipwith West of Scotland Housing Association and Glasgow City Council. The project has been designed and delivered on behalf of the project partners by ERZ Landscape Architects.

The local community have been supportive of the project and closely involved during the development of plans for the site. They expressed a desire for wild and natural space that the community could manage and develop over time.

The first phase of works focused on transforming the derelict and vacant space made of black tarmac into green space.

 

Creating a new path

 

Today

Camlachie Community Park is a great example of how once-vacant and derelict land within the heart of one of Scotland's most disadvantage communities can be transformed by vision, effort and resources into a high quality community greenspace. The site is now a new, inviting and useable community greenspace providing new opportunities for recreation, as well as linking local green networks and providing vital habitat creation.

 

A park for all

The Future

The next phase of work will see the addition of a Bouldering and Skate park facility funded by Sport Scotland and Clyde Gateway.

The park will be extended to include an adventure and natural play area, signage and an entrance feature with further CSGN Development Funding. The long-term aim of the funding is to kick-start a transformation to make the central belt a better place to live and work, by delivering a high quality environment.

The work will be completed by March 2016.

Why Camlachie?

In 2011, a project was set up between Glasgow Council Services and other key stakeholders to enhance the environment and Glasgow's green network. Three sites were identified as being suitable for:

  • addressing the linked ecosystems approach and climate change adaptation agendas;
  • developing and refining new ways of planning for a multifunctional green network; and
  • using the new approach to plan, design and implement green network projects in Glasgow.

Camlachie was chosen as the clear choice for this proposal. The sites strategic positioning provides a greenspace link to our flagship woodland park being built at Cuningar Loop, just opposite the former Athlete's Village, as well as being near to games venues such as Celtic Park and the Emirates Arena/Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

The project will have a large impact on the daily life of residents and visitors and its closely aligns with the CSGN Visions.

Camlachie is one of 20 Commonwealth Games Greener Legacy Projects.