Commonwealth Athletes Village Linear Pond

Water Quality Monitoring and Improvement

Storage for water

Storm Water Drainage

Pond (Retention pond)


Building with Nature

Created at: 24 Apr 2022


Developed as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the Athlete’s Village is a purpose-built, low carbon village in Glasgow’s East End. The site hosted athletes during the games but now provides homes for a new community. A site of approximately 35 hectares, post-games over a thousand homes were provided. In addition to public greenspace and private gardens, a comprehensive SuDS plan was developed for the site. Comprising permeable paving, swales, rain gardens and balancing ponds, the SuDS represent a comprehensive integrated stormwater management system providing multiple benefits to the new community. The linear water feature has been designed as a ‘deep’ swale and is intended to retain a permanent depth of water along 50% of its total length outwith major rainfall events to provide an attractive water feature in addition to its surface water management function.

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