Aims of the project:

  • Regeneration of a 50ha derelict area of Glasgow

The scheme includes the regeneration of a mixture of occupied, vacant and derelict contaminated land including the site demolition of former residential tower blocks, followed by extensive remediation, land regeneration and the construction of new serviced development platforms (including installing new sustainable urban drainage, roads, utilities, landscaped grounds and public realm).

Key challenges and how were these overcome:

  • Developing an integrated engineering solution that delivers an optimum cost-benefit solution to the client whilst complying with stakeholders, statutory and non-statutory requirements on this large contaminated land site

Key success factors:

  • This project will significantly enhance north Glasgow’s regeneration by removing derelict communities and social blight, whilst providing new opportunities for employment and higher quality housing to support sustainable growth in this area

Key learnings:

  • Challenges included supporting residents whilst regeneration of the area is started, including relocating two schools and a community centre. Various public engagements have been undertaken to get across the importance of the regeneration and the benefits it will bring, some of the in the immediate future whilst others are longer term, central to this is the message that success of the regeneration is driven by a collaborative approach between all with engineering at its core.

Organisation: Glasgow City Council
Delivery Agents: Gardiner & Theobald

How long has the project been operational: Since 2017

How long has the project been operational:Since 2005, Glasgow City Council has been working with the Glasgow Housing Association and the Scottish Government to establish a new approach to the regeneration of eight key areas in the city. Sweco have been engaged on various aspects of a
number of these areas. Sweco´s history has been proudly connected with various regeneration schemes in Glasgow over the last two decades when Sweco designed and delivered the enabling works for the 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village in the city’s east end. Sighthill is still in progress and is the largest of the eight areas.

How long the project took from concept approval to implementation: Glasgow started planning in 2005. In 2009, Scottish Ministers gave the green light for an early action programme to be initiated. The Sighthill phase was triggered in 2013 and will complete in 2020.

How was the project funded?Financing from government budgets and subsequent significant
inward investment into brownfield sites, including City Deals
Total project cost: £1.7M Sweco fee. £110M Development Cost

Picture courtesy of: Sweco

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