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Queensland Court and Gardens wins Building with Nature National Award

13/01/2022

We were delighted to receive our 2nd Building with Nature National Award for our Queensland Court and Gardens project!

This green infrastructure retrofit around two 19 storey flats in Cardonald, Glasgow introduces sustainable drainage measures which mimic the natural flow of rainwater and enhances the surrounding open spaces through the creation of adventurous play opportunities, community gardens, potential for food growing and cycle storage as well as improved pedestrian access and parking.

Rainwater management on site, through the introduction of raingardens and swales, will alleviate the burden on the city's sewer system in partnership with Glasgow City Council flood reduction strategy. The nature-based solutions also provide multiple benefits for the community and local wildlife, and residents were involved in the design and initial implementation of the scheme.

The LI judging panel praised Queensland Court and Gardens as “A successful demonstration of how to respond to the climate emergency by retrofitting a large amount of SUDS into an urban landscape with a history of flooding.”

The judges also noted that “The project commits to enhance the area for wildlife through creating new habitats, and diversifying plant species within the landscape strategy”.

The Building with Nature Award showcases inspirational design vision, and also champions a commitment to delivering that vision on the ground, ensuring that high-quality green infrastructure contributes to a more sustainable future for both people and wildlife.

Read the Case Study: https://www.buildingwithnature.org.uk/queensland-court-and-gardens