The project commenced in late 2011 with a series of Design Team meetings to develop the first SVR proposal in the west of Scotland on an old Primary School site in Cranhill, Glasgow.
A feature of the brief was the need to incorporate a series of garden activities to allow residents, staff and volunteers to engage in general garden and horticultural activities for the therapy and rehabilitation process for the residents.
This offered opportunities for CPA to include high and low level gardening from ground level flower beds, fruit and vegetable beds to low and high level raised timber and brick beds for the client to plan and develop for growing and maintaining flowers, fruit, vegetables and herbs.
Biodiversity was a key element of the Brief and CPA prepared a BREEAM Eco Homes Report on the existing and proposed landscape over late 2011 and early 2012.
Soft landscape over the development includes a ground cover and herbaceous mix with strategic feature trees/conifers and specimen shrubs all with a high focus for birds and insects.
A Green Roof added to the Shelter/Materials Shed was covered with a wildflower mat from Lindum and the roof drains via a Rain Chain to a cobbled pool with marginal water plants which overflows into the adjacent SUDS drainage outfall.
Existing trees on the north slope were retained and supplemented by an understory of mixed woodland planting to reinforce the shelter and screening of the back courts from the main road access to the M8.
Wildflower grass slopes have an edge bulb mix of daffodils, snowdrops and bluebells all of which contribute to an improved biodiversity.
Client: Scottish Veterans Residences.
Main Contractor : McTaggart Construction.
Landscape Contractor : Lakeside Landscapes.
On 22.06.2015 the development received a Commendation from The Saltire Society Awards 2015
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