Last June, the Seven Lochs Green Bridge project was awarded £5k from the 2013 CSGN Ideas Fund. So how have the GCV Green Network Partnership used the funding to develop their idea over the last 12 months?
The funding allowed the GCV Green Network Partnership to work with the Glasgow Institute of Architects (GIA) on a Green Bridge Design competition. This generated 18 entries from across the UK – ranging from recent graduates to established practices. Five designs were shortlisted and presented to the competition judges and an audience of approx. 50 people at a final competition event in November. The winning design was from landscape architect Euan Maharg, with the prize was awarded at the GIA annual dinner.
In January 2014, the Partnership commissioned ERZ Ltd in Glasgow to carry out a more detailed feasibility study looking at the approach to construction, planning requirements and costs. Initial findings from this study were used to support a recent application to Sustrans Community Links Fund. The bid was successful securing £60k for walking and cycling networks linked to the Seven Lochs, including design development and land acquisition for the Green Bridge.
A stakeholder workshop in May will aim to build support for the Green Bridge amongst key stakeholders, and look at how construction of the bridge could be funded. The Partnership has already made a bid for EU funding through SNH’s Green Infrastructure programme, and are exploring other funding options with their partners.
Scott Ferguson, Development Officer at the GCV Green Network Partnership, said: “The Ideas Fund definitely helped get the ball rolling, and we believe we can now keep that momentum going and make the Green Bridge a reality.”
The application deadline for CSGN Ideas Fund 2014 is at noon on 7 May 2014. For more information please visit the CSGN Ideas Fund page.