Commonwealth Athletes Village raingardens

Water Quality Monitoring and Improvement

Storm water drainage



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. Flows from permeable paving is conveyed to raingardens to provide a level of treatment and attenuate flows before being conveyed to the linear water pond.

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