The project features 3 attenuation ponds in Ruchill Park to manage excess surface water, reduce the risk of flooding and reduce the risk of pollution entering streams and rivers. They use natural methods to store water, providing base level of treatment, and then controlling its release.
Their use also has the benefit of contributing to biodiversity and nature conservation. Each pond feeds the adjacent lower pond by gravity and eventually discharges through a pipe, under a local street, to the local canal system. The ponds always retain a volume of water, but also have a significant additional attenuation capacity, and include aquatic planting and extensive landscaping. There was extensive consultation involving the local community, which is very supportive of the resulting amenities, including a network of paths and a platform which offers educational and recreational opportunities.
Aerial view of location here