Cumbernauld Green Networks

Cumbernauld Green Networks
Cumbernauld
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Cumbernauld Green Networks
Cumbernauld


Status
Complete Feasibility Study 2016


Client
Cumbernauld Living Landscapes


Contract
Value tbc


FundersScottish Wildlife Trust, North Lanarkshire Council, Forestry Commission, Central Scotland Green Network

Collective Architecture led a multidisciplinary team of specialists in green infrastructure, active travel and community needs auditing to consider improved connections within the vibrant green landscapes of Cumbernauld. The proximity to thriving areas of greenery is one of Cumbernauld’s greatest assets. Early town planners sought to harness this by creating dense networks of pathways, segregated from the busy roads and highways, connecting areas of housing with the town centre and local amenities. In recent years, the green routes have become under-used with issues of vandalism, safety, low lighting and poor underfoot conditions. Reliance on cars is high in Cumbernauld with very few people are aware of the opportunities in cycling and walking.

The team worked closely with local walking groups, accompanying them along routes to gain an understanding of the issues, how the routes are currently used and why people would avoid pathways.  Technical surveys took place to address ecological, green infrastructure and hydrology issues. All findings were collated and presented at a design workshop with local stakeholders, businesses and residents to look at how the routes could be improved and active travel encouraged.

 

The proposals are organised as three key strands; Community and active travel:  Considering broadly the social aspects of the green routes and finding ways to encourage use of the green routes; Ecology and the natural context:  Woodlands, protected species, insects and wildlife.  Seeking opportunities to protect of enhance the green network; Infrastructure:  Looking at the physical elements of the green routes.  Pathways, boundaries, underpasses, lighting, drainage and water managements.  Considering the physical condition of these and looking at opportunities to upgrade, rent or replace.

The feasibility document brings together a range of proposals, all fully itemised, costed and considered carefully in relation to the range of practical issues such as land ownerships, permissions and delivery. The document is now being taken forward by the board at Cumbernauld Living Landscapes who will be seeking to continue the momentum of the study with a series of individual projects involving a range of stakeholders, all with a shared goal to improve connections with the green landscapes of the town.