Shawfield Infrastructure and Development Framework
LUC is part of a multi-disciplinary team that has prepared a sustainable infrastructure and development masterplan for a National Business District in the Shawfield area of Glasgow. Led by URS the project will guide development of a 63ha site on behalf of the Clyde Gateway Urban Regeneration Company over a 20-25 year horizon.
LUC’s landscape strategy influenced the masterplan development. This focused on the implementation of a robust green infrastructure that:
- Incorporated sustainable urban drainage;
- Exploited key pedestrian and cyclist movement routes;
- Created spatial interest along key thoroughfares;
- Maximised connectivity to surrounding communities, the adjacent River Clyde and transport nodes; and
- Improved biodiversity.
LUC was also responsible for the design and delivery of an advanced phase of public realm and landscape infrastructure that will form a framework for future development.
As part of these works riverbank gradients have been manipulated to improve the visual and physical connections between the river and the future development as well as accommodate new pedestrian and cycling pathway infrastructure. New planting has included riparian woodland, grassland and wetland habitats along the riverside.
In contrast with the more naturalistic riverside treatment a formal pedestrian and cycling thoroughfare now links the centre of the site with a new pedestrian bridge across the River Clyde. The design for this route is more formal in character and is reinforced by a strong tree avenue. The design of the thoroughfare and gateway spaces is deliberately bold as they will have ‘stand alone’ until future development is realised.