As part of the ongoing programme of surface water management plans being delivered across Glasgow to reduce flood risk and deliver water resilient places using blue-green infrastructure, the proposals for retrofit surface water management interventions at St. Martha's Primary School in Springburn have received planning approval.
The proposed interventions include raingardens, along with downpipe artwork to connect roof runoff to the raingardens, and a detention basin. The detention basin will provide surface water storage both below ground and above ground during the large storm events. In dry weather and during light rain, the basin will remain empty of water, and available as a play area with seating formed around the edge.
These interventions will reduce the speed at which surface water gets into the existing combined sewer network, which will help to reduce flood risk and improve watercourse water quality. Using blue-green infrastructure will provide additional benefits in terms of urban cooling, air quality, biodiversity and placemaking. The raingardens will also be used as an educational facility and pupils from the school helped influence the designs. Subject to the approval of City Deal capital funding, the project should start in Summer 2022.
Artists impression of new raingardens to be retrofitted at St Martha's Primary School