East Renfrewshire Council has led the way in adopting the Partnership's Integrated Green Infrastructure (IGI) approach to create a cutting edge, innovative urban masterplan.
Watch our video case study to understand why we expect this site to be an exemplar of Green Infrastructure development.
Raising expectations for delivery of the Bigger Picture
Embedding the IGI approach bringing about multiple benefits
Taking a holistic approach
Understanding the wider context
Bringing technical knowledge of Integrated Green Infrastructure
By putting Green Infrastructure at the heart of the Masterplan the Green Network becomes integral to the development - not an afterthought:
"The creation of a new urban quarter within East Renfrewshire providing a high quality built environment that maintains and builds upon the area’s existing qualities. It will be a socially inclusive community providing a range of house tenures, types and sizes to meet local needs. It will provide an attractive and distinctive landscape setting that will enhance the green network. It will ensure sustainability is a core component of all aspects of the design and all steps will be taken to create a well planned and desirable ‘place to grow’"(Extract: SPG Maidenhill Masterplan)
Maidenhill will benefit from a well connected Green Network. The central ‘green spine’ of this network will connect communities within and beyond Maidenhill to community, school and religious facilities accessible via pleasant walkable routes.
As well as a central green spine and protected water courses the masterplan identifies three key sustainable urban drainage (SUDs) ponds to control water flows and prevent downstream flooding, the added benefit of this naturalised approach is the creation of a pleasant environment for both people and wildlife.
Green Infrastructure will protect and integrate existing landscape features such as mature trees, woodland, hedgerows, rock outcrops and watercourses into the development.
The existing landscape features will be enhanced through the creation of new woodland areas, grass and wildflower meadows, and wetland areas (SUDs) integrated with new walking and cycling routes as well as new informal and formal play spaces.
Main routes within the development will have dedicated footpaths connecting all houses to bus stops, facilities and other amenity and cycle paths. Streets and housing courts may have shared surfaces. Cycle and footpaths will be provided to ensure connectivity and encourage walking and cycling.
Anne discusses how East Renfrewshire Council has used the Partnership’s Integrating Green Infrastructure (IGI) approach to deliver an aspirational masterplan at Maidenhill. She highlights how partnership working has been vital with multiple site owners and other interested parties coming together to embrace the GCV Green Network Partnership’s IGI approach.
Karen explains how the project is an exemplar putting Green Infrastructure at its heart. Green Infrastructure has been considered at the outset on the project to bring about multiple benefits creating a truly sustainable modern day development.
Alastair tells us how important it was to have the Partnership invited along at an early stage bring vital knowledge and expertise to the table. He also discusses how the Partnership are available to assist developers in the delivery of Green Infrastructure planning.
Click to open the full Masterplan document on East Renfrewshire Council's website.
View our 'Seeing the Bigger Picture' Video and learn more about our wider ambitous plans.