Cuningar Loop named top community project in national award ceremony

09 November, 2017

Cuningar Loop, a woodland retreat on the banks of the River Clyde, has received a coveted ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers) Saltire Award.

The former brownfield site has been completely redeveloped and now comprises adventure play areas, a bike skills space and extensive woodland walk facilities.

Spanning the size of 15 football pitches, it has seen an investment of almost £10 million to create leisure facilities and attractive green space available to the local community and tourists.

Pick Everard, the leading property, construction and infrastructure, project managed the scheme, working to restore the site after it had been left derelict for more than 40 years, having previously been the site of Glasgow’s first water treatment works, mining and quarrying and finally an unlicensed landfill.

“We worked collaboratively with the project’s stakeholders to deliver a truly incredibly scheme which has created valuable urban green space for residents and visitors,” said Trevor Graham, director at Pick Everard.

“Over the years, the land had become contaminated, adding an additional element to the project. As part of the work, we completed the remediation of the 15 hectare site, suitably restoring the land for use as a multi-purpose outdoor activities-based woodland.

“We also worked around the wildlife that had made its home there – in addition to the native otters, roe deer and badgers there are now bats, butterflies and bullfinches thriving amongst the 15,000 additional trees which have been planted.

“This Commonwealth Legacy Project is something that’s really transformed the local community’s access to green space. We sought the views of the communities as to what facilities they wanted.  We also worked with schools during works – showing students what we were doing and getting them involved very early on. I’m absolutely delighted that we’ve been awarded an ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers) Saltire Award; we’ve managed to create a site that has generated a sense of pride and ownership, enhancing local people’s understanding of their natural environment,” added Trevor.

The new park now also boasts the first and only outdoor bouldering park in Scotland, an outdoor gym trail, an outdoor natural play area classroom, picnic areas and a bike pump track. Pick Everard was also instrumental in implementing a range of scenic pathways.

There were more than 30,000 visitors to the park in its first month alone. Numbers are already exceeding the 2020 target of 100,000 per annum

Cuningar Loop is managed by Forest Enterprise Scotland supported by Clyde Gateway and Glasgow City Council – alongside numerous other partners.

Stuart Chalmers, forest district manager with Forest Enterprise Scotland said: “We’re really pleased that Cuningar Loop has been such a big hit with local people. The emphasis has always been to make the park a welcoming and active place for all to visit.

“A key ingredient to this success has been working with community groups and partner organisations – something which we will build on for the future.”

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