Vision for Seven Lochs Green Bridge unveiled: Euan Maharg wins design competition

The vision for the Seven Lochs Green Bridge has been unveiled with Glasgow-based landscape architect Euan Maharg being selected as the winner of the design competition.

The competition invited design professionals and students to produce concept design proposals for a ‘green bridge’ to connect two key sites within the Seven Lochs Wetland Park.

The innovative green infrastructure initiative is a key part of the green network for the proposed Park and is destined to become Scotland’s largest urban wildlife site and a major new outdoor recreation resource.

The contest, backed by Glasgow Institute of Architects and Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership, with funding from The Central Scotland Green Network Ideas Fund, saw five shortlisted candidates present their innovative ideas to a panel of seven judges.

The Green Bridge initiative is focused on creating a habitat and access link across the motorway between Drumpellier Country Park in North Lanarkshire and Commonhead Moss in Glasgow. Maharg’s woodland bridge concept incorporated connections for both walkers and cyclists, using a direct route for people commuting and a slower route weaving through the new woodland for those who want to spend time in this new space.

Competition winner, Euan Maharg, said:

“This bold and colourful brief was a pleasure to address. The Glasgow Institute of Architects hosted an inspiring night with the short-listed entrants and it’s a privilege to have been counted among them. I would like to thank the judges for selecting my design. I found my site trips to Easterhouse and its surroundings a profound experience, which informed my strategy and green bridge proposal. My hope for these new places is that they will ultimately make a sensitive and public contribution to regeneration in Glasgow. I look forward to working with Scott Ferguson at the Green Network Partnership on delivering these new green spaces.”

Scott Ferguson of the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership said:

“It was clear that a huge amount of thought had gone into all the entries – and it was no easy task to pick a winner. However, Euan’s thoughtful presentation and careful consideration of the wider regeneration context of the Seven Lochs project make him a worthy winner and we look forward to working with him on a detailed feasibility study.”

Michael Dougall, Chair of the GIA people and Places Committee, said:

“The GIA welcomed the opportunity to work with Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership and CSGN to deliver the Connecting the Seven Lochs Design Competition. Our committee were extremely impressed with the standard of entry and nationwide interest in the project.

“We believe the judging panel have selected a deserving winner in Euan Maharg and we look forward to seeing the project progress.”

Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership will work with the competition winner to develop a more detailed feasibility study and costing for the winning project.

Sue Evans, Head of Development at CSGN, said:

“Maharg’s bridge design shows real understanding of the local area and of the importance of supporting wider access and connectivity across the Park.

“His focus on improving access as well as tying in regeneration projects in the local area was impressive. He is thoroughly deserving of this accolade and we look forward to seeing how the project progresses.”