The area of land chosen by the client, Cowlairs Development Trust together with the West of Scotland Housing Association Ltd, was a small, steeply sloped area enclosed by tenement housing buildings and with restricted access. The land had been left unused, accumulating rubbish, with areas classed as contaminated land, requiring specialist disposal techniques.
Due to the slope, the area had to have a balanced cut and fill operation to provide a flat and stable platform onto which the MUGA and play park were constructed. A retaining wall was installed along one side of the MUGA due to the confines of the site and difference in heights of the surrounding land.
A lateral and perimeter drainage system was installed flowing into a newly constructed soak-away. The prepared formation was built up and strengthened with new, clean, foundation stone. Perimeter edging with mowing margin was installed and a macadam-finished playing surface was laid to +/-6mm tolerance, finished off with playing lines for basketball in yellow and mini-soccer in white. A heavy duty sports re-bound fence was also installed with two goal recesses and two basketball backboards incorporated into the system along with a cranked top detail.
The surrounding areas were renovated with tarmac access paths, an annexed basketball shooting practice area with back board, and a newly turfed playing area. The slopes surrounding the facility were graded and turfed to provide an aesthetic finish upon hand over. The turfed areas of the facility were enclosed using a timber post-and-rail system, enhanced to withstand the stresses of misuse common in public play parks.