Update on works taking place around the canal

Scottish Canals are continuing to make improvements to various sections of the Forth and Clyde Canal in North Glasgow in order to safeguard the canal for the future and continue to enhance the area.

Although not involved in the works, we wanted to ensure our Co-op members and the local community and businesses have all the up to date information they need about everything that’s taking place and what it means for them:

Stockingfield Junction

Scottish Canals are working on the development of the Stockingfield foot and cycle bridge, which will provide a new and important linkage between the communities of Ruchill, Gilshochill and Maryhill. The latest update on the works can be accessed here.

Scottish Canals are working on the development of the Stockingfield foot and cycle bridge, which will provide a new and important linkage between the communities of Ruchill, Gilshochill and Maryhill.

The new Stockingfield Bridge

As part of these improvements, sections of the Forth and Clyde and Glasgow Branch canal towpaths and the canal itself are closed until March 2021. The towpath between Maryhill, Lambhill and Ruchill is also closed until July 2022.

Works are taking place from 8.30am to 5.30pm on Monday through to Thursday each day and on Friday site works run from 8.30am until 2.30pm, with no work taking place on Saturday or Sunday.

Scottish Canals will be posting regular updates on these works on their website so head there for the very latest info.

North Canal Bank Street

Engineering works are taking place on North Canal Bank Street which means the road is closed both ways.

The roadworks are situated between A879 Craighall Road and Borron Street, by Pinkston Watersports Centre and a diversion is currently in place:

Credit: Physio Effect

Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve

The new Garscube Bridge and Panmure Gate link opened at the Claypits in October as part of a £6 million project on the creation of the local nature reserve in North Glasgow and it’s been great to see so many people enjoying the new walkways. 

The entire site is scheduled to open in Spring 2021 and other major works are still ongoing including:

  • The space around the new pond is having the surface of a necessary access area being overlaid with soiling and seeding to integrate it into the overall landscape
  • The pond has been planted with reeds in anticipation of the return of wildlife to the new wetland area
  • On the upper pathways, there is ongoing construction along the primary path at the glade area where they have placed a featured marker stone, highlighting a viewpoint to the west. This path will connect back to Ellesmere Street entranceway, construction of which is also ongoing. 
  • The planting schedule for the overall site has commenced but was unfortunately affected by the COVID restrictions and hence delayed. As a result, areas of the site will continue to need vegetation regrowth even at the time of the site reopening in spring. 
  • As part of the planting plan, they are currently working on substantial seeding and planting, including planning for 700 young trees and shrubs to be planted by members of the community
  • Garscube Link paths between Garscube Bridge and Garscube Road opposite Woodside Health Centre

The current restrictions and the impact of Covid on the construction programme is being closely monitored by Scottish Canals.

The contractor will be aiming to finish the path works and SUDS infrastructure within the Claypits during the winter period. 

Residential moorings have been developed at Panmure Wharf on the north side of Firhill Basin. These will become available in Spring 2021 and if you are interested in finding out more information please contact moorings@scottishcanals.co.uk.

The latest info on the Claypits can be found on the Scottish Canals website. 

Old Basin House, Applecross Wharf

Old Basin House sits in a prominent position on Applecross Street and is a Category C listed building, currently sitting on the Buildings at Risk Register following extensive fire damage in the late 1990s.

An initial phase of works took place in 2019 funded by Scottish Canals, Glasgow City Council, Scottish Government Regeneration Capital Grant Fund and Glasgow City Heritage Trust and in October 2020 further funding from Regeneration Capital Grant Funding enabled Scottish Canals to add an upper floor internally to the building.

Credit: Gathering Ground

The next phase of works will take place in Spring 2021 which will house food-based social enterprise and Glasgow Canal Co-op member, Gathering Ground.

Gathering Ground will work with Scottish Canals and others to create a growing space and outdoor learning area.

Funding is also being sought to give the building a coating of fresh lime render. 

Find the latest info on Old Basin House or visit the Gathering Ground website.

Sighthill Wharf

Glasgow City Council is overseeing work on a new pedestrian footbridge over the M8 from Sighthill. This will connect the new Keep Moat housing development – NorthBridge – and neighbouring communities with the city centre.

Scottish Canals are also undertaking work on a new towpath and significant landscaping which will link everything together. More information on the Sighthill Link can be found here.


Dundashill Landscaping – courtesy of Igloo / Rankin Fraser Architects

Dundashill Landscaping – courtesy of Igloo / Rankin Fraser Architects

Scottish Canals is progressing the sale of the first plot at Dundashill to West of Scotland Housing Association which will be delivered to Passive House standard. 

Unfortunately the site has been subject to some vandalism in recent months, with new landscape features and bollards targeted.  The first phase of housing is due to get underway in 2021. Scottish Canals and Igloo Regeneration are also progressing proposals for an urban sports space and meanwhile uses for the site working with Glasgow Canal Co-op.