Work has already begun on groundworks and infrastructure for the £200m Collegelands development and a contract for the landscaping is expected to be let within the year.
Landscape architecture firm Ian White Associates has been involved in masterplanning the 6.8ha scheme. The landscape elements will include new trees, a wildlife corridor and extensive water features.
Principal Nick Bowen said the green-space elements were extensive. "There is a garden square [surrounded by] buildings, as well as the creation of cycleways and ponds to catch roof water," he said.
Glasgow City Council has pre-let office space in the development, for use by its Development & Regeneration Services and some Culture & Sport staff, which has enabled work to begin on the first phase of the project. The site had lain empty for over 25 years before developer The Dawn Group struck a deal with the council in 2006.
The Dawn Group construction director Paul O'Donnell told HW that once the infrastructure building was sufficiently developed, a contract would be let for the landscaping work.