Dundas Hill is a former distillery site of approximately 15 acres located in the Port Dundas area of Glasgow, immediately to the north of the city centre and owned by Scottish Canals. The neighbourhood is fast gaining prominence as an alternative, creative destination where watersports and urban adventure activities blend with a strong arts and cultural presence. There is a pioneering spirt in the area, showing how this can influence regeneration right from the start.
The 600 home masterplan prepared for the Dundas Hill site provides an opportunity for high density urban and custom housing focused on the strong creative and design led identity of the city. Dundas Hill will also host an installation by the Land Art Generator Initiative, a public art project that also generates large scale, clean energy.
The Port Dundas terminus was established at One Hundred Acre Hill between 1786 and 1790 and was named after Sir Lawrence Dundas, one of the major backers of the Forth and Clyde Canal Company. Port Dundas formed the terminus of a branch of the Forth and Clyde Canal in the centre of Glasgow, linking to the adjacent Monkland Canal. It became an industrial centre in the 19th century, with textile mills, chemical works, granaries, distilleries, glassworks, iron foundries, power stations and engineering works all operating in the area. In 1859, a brick chimney was built at Port Dundas for F. Townsend. At 454 feet (138 m) it was the tallest chimney in the world at the time, with an outside diameter of 32 feet (9.8 m) at ground level. (source: Wikipedia)
A futuristic ‘Wind Forest’ will be created using bladeless turbines from a Spanish company called Vortex. Each of the stems will be coloured using a palette that draws from the year-round colours of natural woodlands. The 13-metre high wind stems (about the average height of a rowan, hazel or hawthorn tree) generate power by oscillating from a fixed point in the lower half of the structure. The top of each stem has the capacity to circle up to 2 metres across which when amplified over the entire forest will be a spectacular way to generate energy. For full details on the competition and proposal, visit http://www.landartgenerator.org/glasgow/about.html
Scottish Canals has formed a pioneering partnership with Glasgow City Council to deliver change along Glasgow’s Canal. More information on what’s going on and who’s involved can be found at Glasgow Canal Project .