South Canal Bank

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Location: Glasgow / UK / Type: Squares and Plazas / Waterfronts / Built: 2011 /
Show on Google Maps / Published on June 5, 2013

HarrisonStevens: Landscape Architects HarrisonStevens in collaboration with Broadway Malyan and NORD architects were appointed by West Dunbartonshire Council / Clydebank re-built as lead consultant, briefed with preparing detailed design proposals to revamp the public realm on the South bank of the Forth and Clyde canal through the centre of Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. The town’s proud ship building and industrial past has informed the design proposals. These proposals include redefining the market and town square, renovation and relocation of the bandstand, graphic signing to building facades, canal towpath resurfacing, play space and the animation of the canal through the square with new access to the canal edge. The project is comprised of a series of three interconnected spaces; Three Queens Square, Church Green and the Orchard.

Three Queens Square is the town square for Clydebank. It is the centre of activity and focus for the market and seasonal activities. These improvements reinforce the square’s position in Clydebank and provide for a much improved, safe and robust environment for the community. As a focal point to the square the restored Victorian bandstand was relocated to a prominent position on the canal bank.

In contrast to the activity and open outlook of Three Queens Square, the existing mature trees and grass mounding of the Church Green create quiet, sheltered spaces. The mature trees provide a unique setting adjacent to the hard landscape town square. A new sculptural play space nestles into the trees and mounds.

The Orchard space terminates the proposals with two grids of pear trees reinforcing the geometry set up from the adjacent spaces, building and canal. An existing cycle network route is maintained while space for occasional market stalls and display stands is accommodated.

The project is a key element of the Clydebank masterplan, led by Clydebank re-built. Clydebank’s ship building and industrial past informed the design proposals of geometry, paving materials, play areas and street furniture.

Local school pupil’s art work is incorporated into solar lights, recessed into the paving. The play and sculptural elements portray the three Cunard cruise ships which were built in Clydebank. The route of the old railway lines are represented in the Three Queens Square paving, terminated with granite buffer seating blocks. The paving patterns recreate the essence of steam arising from the tracks.

This central community focussed space now provides a high quality venue for events, weekly markets and seasonal festivals while contextually reconnecting the users with their recent history.

Landscape Architecture: HarrisonStevens / Broadway Malyan
Client: West Dunbartonshire Council
Project Manager: Clydebank re-built
Architecture: NORD
Civil Engineering: SKM
M&E Engineering: Mott Macdonald/Fulcrum
Cost Consultant: RLF
Contractor: QTS Limited
Location: Clydebank, Scotland, UK
Project: 2009 – 2011
Photos &text: HarrisonStevens

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