Enabled by funding from the Glasgow City Region City Deal, Green Infrastructure funding from the European Regional Development Fund (managed by NatureScot), and contributions from the Vacant & Derelict Land Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund via the Seven Lochs Partnership, the Cardowan Surface Water Management Plan, also known as the Greater Easterhouse Green Infrastructure Project, delivered a number of surface water management interventions at the Blairtummock, Croftcroighn and Cranhill areas in the east end of Glasgow.
At Blairtummock Park, 275m of the Whamflett Burn has been deculverted to provide morphology, urban cooling and bio-diversity benefits, as well as providing more space for the water in the form of re-creating floodplain storage to help manage existing and future flood risk driven by climate change. The increased drainage capacity, along with a new SuDS basin, helps to stimulate regeneration in the area.
The overall greenspace and connectivity through the park has also been greatly enhanced, including the installation of new paths and two new footbridges over the burn.
New open-section of Whamflett Burn formed along its former route - here
New SuDS basin to manage surface water from new development - here
At both Croftcroighn Road and in Croftcroighn Park, SuDS basins have been retrofit to provide urban cooling, bio-diversity benefits and help manage flood risk associated with the Light Burn. The increased drainage capacity will also help to stimulate regeneration in the area.
Within the park, greenspace and connectivity has also been greatly enhanced, including the installation of new paths.
New SuDS basin at Croftcroighn Road - here
New SuDS basin in Croftcroighn Park - here
At Cranhill Park, a SuDS basin has been retrofit, connecting to the Light Burn, to increase drainage capacity and enable sustainable regeneration in the area. The SuDS basin will also aid urban cooling and bring bio-diversity benefits to the existing greenspace.
New SuDS basin in Cranhill Park - here
A further benefit from the project was the creation of new play facilities for a local primary school. Further details available here.
This project started works on-site August 2018 and was completed February 2020.