News

26 August, 2021

Cuningar Loop Visitor Information

Exciting things are happening at Cuningar Loop. This news page will keep everyone updated on the progress of projects and highlight any relevant visitor information.

 

Car Park Closure

Unfortunately the car park at Cuningar Loop will be closed for the foreseeable future due to the essential works taking place. We understand the inconvenience this will cause, however we are confident that the short term frustration will be worth is when all of the projects mentioned below are complete.

 

Bothy & Tur

 

 

Construction is underway with a new ‘Bothy’ and lookout tower ‘The Tur’ being built by Linear Design and Construct.

 

The Bothy will bring together local communities, groups and visitors within this forest building.  The Bothy will feature a multi-functional space for both community and business, together with toilets and changing facilities.

 

The Tur will be a viewing platform with ramped access, located north of The Bothy and will allow visitors to take in expansive treetop views over the park.

 

The Bothy and Tur will be open to the public early 2022.

 

Phase 2

 

Clyde Gateway received £2.3m of Scottish Government funding, through the Clyde Mission Fund, to build on the success of Cuningar Loop to create Phase 2 – extending the forest park by a further 8.53 hectare (21 acres).

 

In partnership with NatureScot, the next phase of Cuningar Loop will see the transformation of previous derelict and inaccessible land into a new green space which will be designed to enable community engagement, health, wellbeing and lifelong learning as part of the local response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The green infrastructure project will see a natural extension to the riverside park and the inclusion of:

  • 167 specimen trees
  • 11,000 square metres of wildflower meadow and grassland
  • 6,990 square metres of new woodland planting
  • a 400m extension of the existing riverside walkway
  • additional linked woodland walkways with seating and picnic areas
  • an educational area including a pond to encourage wildlife and a teaching amphitheatre, created using tree trunks
  • 1,722 linear metres of footpaths
  • 50 additional parking spaces

 

During this new phase, the local economy will also benefit from the creation of 43 opportunities for youth employment and two new jobs during construction.

 

Works are anticipated to be completed in summer 2022.

 

The Hope Sculpture

 

 

The 23.5m high Hope Sculpture will be a significant and engaging public art installation situated in Cuningar Loop.

 

A dramatic addition to the Glasgow skyline, the Hope Sculpture will remind us of the fragility of both our environment and our mental health and the importance of our natural environment and community in
supporting our mental well-being.

 

It will serve as a beacon of hope and positivity towards reaching global environmental milestones and a
reminder that we, as a society do care about each other and our planet.

 

Mental Health Foundation Scotland will be working with us and in turn University of Strathclyde to deliver
innovative digital mental health research.

 

You can download the PDF for full details on the project.

 

If you have any questions/comments on the projects please get in touch gatewayenquiries@clydegateway.com