Product / system manufacture
Product / system supply
Glasgow City Council
Land Use Consultants, Glasgow
R J McLeod
A regeneration project in the east of Glasgow was outlined within a large-scale sustainable development framework. It included a new city district, with improved connectivity to other regeneration sites. The public realm and landscape works would tie the development strands together.
The masterplan covered approximately 30 acres and would potentially provide work places for around 15,000 people. With something on this scale, it became apparent these developments would take a number of years to materialise.
The consultants, LUC, wanted to design a bold scheme that would stand the test of time. It would also have to stand alone until nearby development plans were realised.
Hardscape supplied materials for the pedestrian and cycling walkway which would link to the Clyde Walkway and also link the South Dalmarnock Bridge with the centre of the masterplan site.
LUC Glasgow specified 70mm x 600mm x 100mm Kellen Breccia Tagenta C and Bianco; 100mm x 100mm x 80mm Kellen Breccia Tagenta B and C, Bianco, Grigio and Nerosso Argento.
The 600mm x 70mm plan size is a unique size which helped to secure the specification and provided a ‘plank aesthetic’ to create a distinctive landscape scheme. The plank-like size also tied in with the overall look of the scheme from the air.
Royal White granite benches were also used across the scheme together with Royal White granite kerbs and steps.
Described as ‘bold and futuristic’, the scheme was the first step towards creating a new city district transforming the Shawfield area in Glasgow’s East End. Hardscape’s use of its innovative and striking Kellen material, both in size differentiation and colour contrast added to the ‘bold and futuristic’ ethos. LUC Glasgow also led the design and implementation of an advanced phase of public realm and landscape works that now forms a framework for new development to be realised over a 20-25 year pipeline.
LUC and Hardscape were delighted that the scheme was recognised with a Scottish Design Award in 2015.
Hardscape’s Scotland representative, Aidan Baun commented: “Kellen is a reliable and affordable material that can be used in a variety of formats depending on the required use. The colours and any unique size will be available as and when these developments materialise in the future development phases.