24 Sep 2021
About the organisation: Civic Engineers are civil, structural and transport engineers who create inspirational places and structures that have a positive impact on the environment and enable people to lead happier and healthier lives.
Key sustainability highlights:
Civic Engineers are leading the Block A design team for the transformative ‘Avenues’ project for Glasgow City Council, which incorporates Green Infrastructure through rain gardens, segregated cycle paths, cycling infrastructure and tree planting.
The transformation of the ‘Avenues’ seeks to dramatically improve the quality of the city centre environment, putting people at its heart. Focusing on seven key city-centre thoroughfares, the aim is to improve connectivity, introduce sustainable green infrastructure through attractive streetscapes, protect space for cyclists and pedestrians and ultimately transform the perceptions of the city for all those who live, work and visit.
Custom House Quay
Alongside architects Hawkins\Brown, Civic Engineers will be leading the design team on a major project that will see an attractive waterfront area created by extending the River Clyde’s north bank and enhancing the green space on the south bank at Carlton Place.
Known as ‘Custom House Quay and Carlton Place’, the project – funded by the Glasgow City Region City Deal – will see the embankment expanded out into the Clyde by possibly up to 20 metres to upgrade the quay walls. This will create a series of mixed-use development plots and an enhanced public realm and access along the waterfront. The £25million development will see the creation of more public, green space and create an attractive river frontage that helps to fulfil the city’s aspirations of a ‘River Park.’
Transforming Anderston Station
As we lead up to COP26, Civic Engineers are leading the design of a temporary public artwork at the entrance to Anderston Station will aims to improve pedestrian and cyclist wayfinding and provide dynamic art for residents and visitors to enjoy.
In partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies and Glasgow City Council, the innovative Asphalt Art installation designed by Gabriella Marcella titled “Water Works,” is painted on the ground and columns outside the entrance to Anderston Station.
The design was inspired by environmental challenges the city faces with excessive rain and water runoff, and the mural has also introduction of benches and an experimental raingarden on the site. As an attractive, low-maintenance way to reduce flood risk and treat surface water runoff from the nearby M8, a raingarden is a garden of native shrubs planted in a small depression, providing additional biodiversity and a greater sense of place to city centre streetscapes.
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