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River Kelvin Environmental Investment Project



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We're transforming Glasgow's waste water systems with a multi-million pound investment.  The project will improve the environment at the River Kelvin. Our alliance partners amey Black and Veatch (aBV) will be carrying out the work.

Once complete, this new infrastructure will help prevent items which are wrongly flushed down the toilet – such as rags, baby wipes, plastic cotton buds, etc. - from overflowing into the River Kelvin.


The project requires upgrade work at 11 locations along or near the River Kelvin.

River kelivn work map

Project reference number on the map   Project location description
 P013 Otago Street/Otago Lane North 
 P014 Otago St / Westbank Quadrant (Near Hillhead Primary School)
 P015  Near Kelvingrove Bandstand
 P005 Near the Old North Woodside Flintmill (off Belmont Street) Off Garriochmill Road CSO North Kelvin
 P006 Near the Junction of Kelvindale Road and Balfour Street
 P007 Junction of Bellshaugh Gardens & Bellshaugh Road CSO
 P009 North of Playground off Garriochmill Road – near Friends of the River Kelvin 
 P010 Botanic Gardens Nr Junc of Garrioch Drive Garrioch Rd and Shakespeare St
 P011 Queen Margaret Road Bridge CSO at Botanical Gardens
 P012  Near 317 Northwoodside Road Glasgow 

The Kelvin walkway will remain open throughout the works for cyclists and pedestrians either via short diversions or narrowing of the shared path.


What are we doing?

The upgrade requires the installation of mechanical screens on the overflow pipes which would prevent objects greater than 6mm (i.e. prevent rags, baby wipes, large plastic cotton buds etc) overflowing into the Kelvin during storm events. To install the screens, we would have to construct new underground chambers and pipework. At some locations there is also a requirement for small kiosks to house the electrical controls panel. We also need to abandon existing, unsuitable outfalls.

How long will the whole project take?

  • Preparation works will be carried out during February/March 2019 

  • The main projects north of Kelvinbridge will start in Summer 2019 and be completed in the Summer of 2020. 

  • The project near the Bandstand will start w/c 18/2/19

What does the preparation works involve?

Part of the preparations work include doing an archaeological dig just along from the old mill. This dig is a precautionary measure to ensure the area we propose to install the underground chamber does not contain anything of significant archaeological value. From the desktop study we expect to find foundations of the old flint mill building.

Part of this preparation work will involve the felling of some trees. We have tried to locate the infrastructure where possible to avoid mature trees.  Careful consideration has been taken in this instance and alternatives were sought during the project design in order to minimise the number of trees being removed. Note: We compensate Glasgow City Council to plant three replacement trees in Glasgow for each one that is removed. 

What will the area look like once completed?

The majority of the infrastructure will be underground however there will be new outfalls and new retaining walls (see below for a photo of what a retaining wall looks like). Some existing outfalls will be abandoned. We require to install kiosks to house the electrical controls for the underground mechanical screens. We will be looking at alternative designs to help blend in the kiosk for each location.

  Example of a Headwall