Design Awards 2013
Edinburgh Drinking Water Project, Glencorse
Perched on the edge of the Pentland Hills, high above the City of Edinburgh, this state of the art facility provides a massive 175 megalitres of clear, fresh drinking water to Scotland’s capital city… every day.
Our challenge was how to reconcile this very large “industrial” process adjacent to the Pentland Hills Regional Park, a place of significant beauty and public amenity. Consequently we created a gentle new “hill” embedded in the landscape.
Discreetly concealed underneath Scotland’s largest green roof, the native seed mix reflects the Pentland Hills flora. Materials include untreated larch timber cladding and louvres, in-situ exposed concrete wall panels using recycled aggregates, galvanized metalwork and gabion walls filled with local stone.
A sophisticated SUDS drainage swale network connects to a new wetland creating a rich bio-diverse habitat that extends, immerses and surrounds the new buildings and storage tanks to create a truly sustainable development.
Utilising the very essence of the process, water from the high level reservoirs feeds gravity driven hydro-turbines providing clean free electrical power for up to one-third of the entire building’s energy needs.
Unprecedented consultation took place with local residents, schools, archaeologists, Pentland Hills Regional Park, A&DS, ramblers associations, community councils, planning authorities and many other stakeholders to ensure that not only would this project build on the proud legacy of the former Victorian water system but create a safe, sensitive and sustainable solution now and well into the future.