In September we case-studied the Seven Lochs Wetland Park and the announcement of an ideas competition, with funding from CSGN, for what could be Scotland’s first green bridge to help wildlife cross the M73 which bisects the Park. Organised for GCV Green Network Partnership by the Glasgow Institute of Architects, the competition generated 18 imaginative proposals.

These were shortlisted and following an evening presentation to the judges by the five designers we now have a winner.

First prize went to local Landscape Architect, Euan Maharg. Second was Moxon Architects and third was Optimised Environments. Also short-listed were Cousins and Cousins Architects and Gavin Murray / Alison Hesketh.

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.”

Scott Ferguson of GCV Green Network Partnership will work with Euan to develop a more detailed feasibility study and costing for the winning project with a view to seeking approvals and funding to make the bridge a reality.