greenspace scotland worked with Glasgow City Council and local partners on a programme called ‘the Five Streets’. This programme used placemaking techniques to develop and propose green infrastructure options for five key urban settings: Byres Road, Saracen Street, the Barras, Shawlands and George Street. This work was supported by Glasgow City Council and SEPA.

The proposed options place climate change actions (water management, provision of shade and shelter, carbon capture etc.) within an urban design perspective. The aim is to create better places to live, work and visit which are also more resilient to the predicted changes in Glasgow’s climate and which contribute to the city’s overall climate change targets. The focus is to retrofit green infrastructure into existing streets and public spaces.

The proposed green infrastructure options offer:

  • a starting point for urban designers to influence ‘engineering’ solutions to water management and sustainable drainage - addressing multi-functionality and greater place quality in addition to climate resilience
  • additional leverage for engineers when seeking to convince budget holders etc.

Find the 5 Streets reports in the Climate Change section of the Resource Library