Glasgow Institute of Architects (GIA) in association with Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership (GCVGNP) and Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) are pleased to invite entries from design professionals and students to produce concept design proposals to connect two key sites within the Seven Lochs Wetland Park.

At almost 20 sq. km the Seven Lochs Wetland Park will be the largest urban nature park in Scotland. It will be a major new destination for outdoor recreation and is expected to attract over one million visitors per year. However, the M73 motorway currently divides key wetland and woodland areas within the park and restricts access from the surrounding communities.

Scott Ferguson, Gartloch Gartcosh Green Network Development Officer with the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership said: ʻA green link across the M73 is a key part of the Green Network Strategy for the Seven Lochs Wetland Park. We hope this design competition will generate ideas not just for a physical connection between places and communities, but for an innovative and iconic structure that helps put the Seven Lochs Wetland Park on the map.'

Keith Geddes, Chair of the CSGN Partnership Board recognises the international significance of the proposal: "As Europe's largest greenspace initiative, the CSGN aims to support organisations in delivering the green network on the ground. The Green Bridge project, which was an extremely worthy winner of our recent CSGN Ideas Fund, will be a significant, innovative and highly visible piece of green infrastructure, helping to create a strong identity for the Seven Lochs Wetland Park and clearly demonstrating Scotland's commitment to a greener future."

ʻConnecting the Seven Lochs Wetland Parkʼ follows on from previous successful GIA design competitions and is the result of the recent Conversations Project from the Architecture, People and Places Committee.

Michael Dougall, Convenor of the Architecture, People and Places committee and GIA Vice President explains: "Our recent Conversations project investigated the issue of infrastructure and its effect on connectivity and public space. Whilst our street workshops and consultation events focused on the impact of the M74 and M8 within Glasgow city centre, ʻConnecting the Seven Lochsʼ requires similar thinking to bridge the M73 creating new opportunities for the local communities and wider green network."

The submission deadline is 14 October 2013, and the winning design will have the opportunity to work in partnership with GCVGNP to develop a more detailed design concept and feasibility study to present to project partners and key stakeholders.

More information, including the competition brief and entry form, is available on the GIA website.

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