Enabled by funding from the Glasgow City Region City Deal - www.glasgowcityregion.co.uk, the South East Glasgow Surface Water Management Plan delivered a number of surface water management interventions at Kings Park, Croftfoot Park, Croftpark Avenue and Croftfoot Primary School in the southside of Glasgow.
At the north end of Kings Park, retrofit swales and a new SuDS basin have been formed to manage surface water runoff from the park and reduce flood risk for communities downstream.
New SuDS basin in north Kings Park - here
At the south end of Kings Park, work has been done to deculvert, or 'daylight', a section of the Spittal Burn to form a new length of open watercourse along its original route. This provides morphology and bio-diversity benefits, as well as providing more space for the water in the form of flood attenuation / storage by re-creating floodplain, which will help to reduce flood risk for communities downstream.
New open-section of Spittal Burn formed along its former route through Kings Park - here
At Croftfoot Park (former Kings Park golf course), an on-line SuDS basin has been retrofit to the Spittal Burn here to provide morphology and bio-diversity benefits, as well as providing more space for the water in the form of flood attenuation capacity, which will help to reduce flood risk for communities downstream.
These works compliment the previous phase of works to retrofit a SuDS basin in the park, further to the east. Further details available here.
At Croftpark Avenue, retrofit highway raingardens have been formed to manage surface water runoff from the road, and provide attenuation and treatment, prior to discharge to the Spittal Burn culvert that runs under the road. The raingardens provide a range of benefits including a home for bio-diversity, urban cooling, air quality improvements and reducing flood risk for communities downstream. By keeping the surface water out of the combined sewer, the raingardens also help to ease pressure on the sewer network, and reduce the risk of combined sewer overflow spills to the water environment.
Retrofit highway raingardens on Croftpark Avenue - here
At Croftfoot Primary School, a new swale has been formed to collect runoff from the playground area, and new drainage to gather runoff from roof downpipes, all of whcih is conveyed to below a new multi-use games area (MUGA). The MUGA has a permeable surface and storage below it to attenuate the surface water runoff, prior to discharge to the Spittal Burn culvert on Croftpark Avenue. An outdoor amphitheatre area has also been formed. This combines an outdoor learning area with additional storage capacity during large storms the exceed the storage under the MUGA. Once the storm event passes, the amphitheatre drains down by gravity over the course of a number of hours.
New amphitheatre area to manage exceedence events at Croftfoot Primary School - here
The project has also delivered greenspace improvements, with an attractive woodland walkway recently completed on the former Kings Park golf course site, formed through a programme of tree planting and the construction of new path networks linking Croftpark Avenue with Croftside Avenue.
This project started on site July 2019 and was completed December 2020.