Glasgow’s Canal set to welcome 600 new homes

The widespread regeneration of North Glasgow is set to continue with a 600-strong housing development now underway on the former Diageo distillery site in Port Dundas.

The Dundashill project, which is being delivered by Scottish Canals, Bigg Regeneration and Igloo, will create 600 high quality houses, including a pilot scheme for house-buyers to choose a house-type from a selection of architects, with a menu of custom choices including external materials and internal layouts to suit individual lifestyles.

Dundashill will be among 3000 new houses being built across North Glasgow in the next few years; the site will also benefit from energy efficient street lighting and an intelligent water management system that carries surface water runoff into the nearby Forth & Clyde Canal.

Ground preparation works, which are being funded through the Glasgow City Region City Deal and by Scottish Canals, and carried out by I&H Brown, are already underway with house-builders expected to be on site in Autumn 2019.

The project forms part of the multi-million pound regeneration of the Glasgow Canal which includes Pinkston Watersports Centre, Glasgow’s Wake Park, a new nature reserve and the opening of Rockvilla, home of the National Theatre of Scotland – all of which has cemented the area as a thriving and unique creative hub and urban sports playground.

“Glasgow’s Canal has undergone incredible transformation in recent years from the rise of the cultural quarter at Speirs Wharf to the vibrant urban sports hub at Pinkston Basin and the bustling business park of 100 Borron Street.

“Today’s exciting announcement brings to life our ambitions for the area with the creation of an entirely new neighbourhood for North Glasgow which will see 600 quality homes being built, including the city’s first custom design housing offer.

“We are very much looking forward to the next phase of works beginning in 2019 and to seeing this unique North Glasgow neighbourhood take shape.”

Catherine Topley, Chief Executive of Scottish Canals

Site enabling works currently underway include the installation of utilities, drainage infrastructure and the formation of roads. They are due to be complete by Spring 2019, building works will then follow with the first housebuyers expected to move into their new homes in 2020.

Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm, said: “The development of Dundashill marks another stage in the regeneration of the canal and the areas along its banks.  Glasgow will soon welcome hundreds of new homes in a fantastic location close to the city centre and all the new attractions on the canal.  This is a remarkable time for this part of the city.”

Notes to Editors

  • Scottish Canals is responsible to the Scottish Government for the management and development of five Scottish canals as well as the surrounding estate and The Falkirk Wheel. See or follow @ScottishCanals for more information
  • The Forth & Clyde, Union and Monkland canals in the Lowlands, the Crinan Canal in Argyll and the Caledonian Canal in the Highlands, together extend over 137 miles from coast to coast, across country and into the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness
  • Built two hundred years ago to fire the Industrial Revolution, today the canals contribute to the Scottish Government agenda of developing a Greener; Healthier; Smarter; Safer and Stronger; and Wealthier and Fairer Scotland by acting as a catalyst for sustainable economic development, regeneration and tourism; contributing to education, biodiversity, heritage and promoting active living and healthier lifestyles
  • Today Scottish Canals is utilising these 18th century assets along with innovative technology to tackle modern problems. Through working with partners to create pioneering systems, Scottish Canals is helping to combat flooding and driving positive transformation in some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged areas
  • The Forth & Clyde, Union, Monkland, Caledonian and Crinan canals are recognised as Scheduled Monuments and attract 22million visits per year. See for more information
  • North Glasgow Integrated Water Management System known as ‘Glasgow’s smart canal’ Glasgow’s Smart Canal is the first of its kind in Europe
  • Glasgow’s Smart Canal is a dynamic canal-based urban surface water management system
  • NGWIMS an effective collaboration, Scottish Water, Glasgow City Council and Scottish Canals, has transformed this visionary concept into reality after a decade of hard work & commitment
  • Glasgow’s Smart Canal project unlocks the inherent value of the canal to generate substantial savings for the public purse compared with a traditionally engineered water management solution
  • It will provide long-term economic and environmental sustainability that mitigates the flood risk impact of climate change, creates homes and jobs and creates a great place for investment

For further information, please contact:

Josie Saunders at Scottish Canals, on 07881 816283 or email

Nicola Sturgeon at Scottish Canals on 07767 383 557 or email

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