Sector: Community facilities Completion date: February 2020

Making urban areas environmentally sustainable places 

The project was awarded £375,000 as part of a major new £37.5 million Scottish programme of projects to improve the urban environment of Scotland’s larger towns and cities. The Green Infrastructure Strategic Intervention, led by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), is part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).  

With 81% of Scotland’s population living in urban areas, the Green Infrastructure Strategic Intervention will make the country’s larger towns and cities more attractive and environmentally sustainable places to live, work and invest in. It is a Scotland-wide initiative with many partners, including local authorities and housing associations. 

Construction of green space, play areas and pathways  

Robertson Civil Engineering designed and built the new community green space, including ground remediation and all hard and soft landscaping. 

We made new biodiversity areas and raised bed allotments, installed outdoor exercise equipment and play areas for children, as well as created outdoor education areas. 

The project also hasopen pathways to provide accessible connections for pedestrians and cyclists between the town centre to the south, and residential areas to the north of the site. 

Generating a sense of ownership in the community 

The project was created following extensive consultation with residents about the best use for the site.  

Generating a sense of ownership amongst the community is a key requirement for our customer, to ensure the finished space is adopted by the people of the area. 

Part of this involved visiting primary school classes to discuss how they can participate in the development of the old school site. 

Benefiting the mental and physical health of the community 

The site was transformed into an attractive and thriving community green space. Scottish Natural Heritage’s research has shown that access to good quality green space can have huge benefits for our mental and physical health.  

Improving urban areas across Scotland delivers many social and economic benefits, allowing us to adapt to and mitigate climate change and creating a nature-rich future for everyone. 

Project team 

Consultant Engineer: Ironside Farrar 
Landscape Architect: Ironside Farrar 
Remediation Validator: Bayne Stevenson Associates 
Principal contractor: Robertson Civil Engineering  

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