31

October

Glasgow’s Smart Canal is a first for Europe

The Leader of Glasgow City Council and project partners Scottish Water and Scottish Canals marked the construction of Europe’s first ever ‘smart canal’ scheme. This project will combine the 250-year-old Forth & Clyde Canal with 21st century technology to mitigate flood risk as well as enable massive regeneration.

The pioneering new digital surface water drainage system will unlock 110 hectares across the north of the city for investment, regeneration and development, paving the way for more than 3,000 new homes.

The £17 million project, being delivered via a partnership of Glasgow City Council, Scottish Canals and Scottish Water under the umbrella of the Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Scheme (a Glasgow City Region City Deal project), will use sensor and predictive weather technology to provide early warning of wet weather before moving excess rainfall from residential and business areas into stretches of the canal where water levels have been lowered by as much as 10cm. This will create 55,000 cubic metres of extra capacity for floodwater – equivalent to 22 Olympic swimming pools.

Officially named the North Glasgow Integrated Water Management System (NGIWMS), the project to create a so-called ‘sponge city’ – a term used to describe how cities respond to surface water flooding – will see North Glasgow passively absorb, clean and use rainfall intelligently. Advanced warning of heavy rainfall will automatically trigger a lowering of the canal water level to create capacity for surface water run-off.

Before periods of heavy rain, canal water will be moved safely through a network of newly created urban spaces – from sustainable urban drainage ponds to granite channels – that absorb and manage water in a controlled way, creating space for surface water run-off.

The scheme will unlock 110 hectares across the north of the city for investment, regeneration and development, and will see the Forth & Clyde Canal connected to five new sites over the next 10-15 years, including Sighthill, Hamiltonhill, Ruchill Hospital, Cowlairs and Dundashill.  The capital funding for the scheme comes from the Glasgow City Region City Deal, the Green Infrastructure Fund, and Scotland’s 8th City – the Smart City.

You can also watch a short video on the operation of Glasgow’s Smart Canal.


Fill out the form below and one of our experts will contact you. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 17:00.







Briefly describe how we can help. Please be as specific as you can with your enquiry so that we can efficiently deal with your query.


captcha


Latest News

NextGate announces new office in Glasgow

NextGate, a global leader in healthcare enterprise identification, announced the opening of a new office in Glasgow, Scotland to...Read More

New £15m AI health research centre for Scotland

Scotland is to have its own £15.8 million artificial intelligence health research centre, which promises to enable better patient...Read More

First trees planted along Sauchiehall St “Avenue”

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, was today (7 November) joined by pupils from Garnetbank Primary to...Read More

News by Sector

News Archive

Email Alerts

Sign-up to our email updates for the latest investment opportunities and information in Glasgow. Fill out the form below with your email.