TGP was commissioned by Central Scotland Green Network Trust to produce landscape design proposals for two active travel/ footpath improvement projects. The first links the River Clyde to John Muir Way and the second is a new Active Travel Link at Wishawhill Wood in Craigneuk, contributing to the delivery of the Central Scotland Green Network, one of 14 national developments in the Scottish government’s National Planning Framework. The design objectives underpinning both projects was the enhancement and expansion of existing path networks to increase usage and activity levels within the local community, whilst making the routes more attractive to tourists and visitors.
The Wishawhill Wood project is located along an urban area in Wishaw, close to the former Ravenscraig steel works and is located within residential and woodland contexts. Project issues requiring analysis included node design, creation of effective connection points, road junctions, bridges and underpasses.
TGP developed unique spaces, improved the legibility of nodes and intersections through bespoke way marking, paving design, in addition to the introduction of distinct signature planting treatments. Designs also included the consideration of colour and lighting as a way of introducing vibrancy to industrial features, whilst make route nodes more inviting. The two projects had many similarities and also features unique to the specific project, so though they were developed in parallel, the end products were very different. Each project was developed to tender detail stage, with CAD layouts, visualisations, GIS data, specifications and bills of Quantities.