100 Acre Hill

Redevelopment of the former Port Dundas Distillery as part of the regeneration of North Glasgow making way for a 600-strong residential development adjacent to the Forth and Clyde canal.

Location:  Glasgow
Client: Scottish Canals
Cost: £5.6m (enabling works); £65m (total)
Completion: June 2019 (enabling works)

Blyth & Blyth have over 30 years’ experience of working on the former Diageo distillery site before being engaged by Scottish Canals to provide Civil, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical services for redevelopment of the site.

The enabling works for the 15-acre site will provide 6 serviced plots and includes remediation, cut & fill platforming works, construction of gabion and earth retaining structures, infrastructure drainage, utilities, energy efficient street lighting and primary road network as well as high specification soft and hard landscaping including a feature plaza with SuDS pond.

One unique aspect of the project is the 150m length of open canal running along the front of the site which forms part of the ‘smart canal’ system being developed by Scottish Canals, Glasgow City Council and Scottish Water which will utilise advanced warning of heavy rainfall to trigger a lowering of the Forth and Clyde Canal to create capacity for surface water run-off from the site.

Key challenges

As a former industrial site with a history of development dating back to mid-1800’s the earthworks phase was always going to be crucial to the success of the site. Working closely with the client, masterplan architects and contractor the platforming and remediation of the site were developed to create a cost effective and flexible solution across the site.

The north of Glasgow is well known for having drainage capacity issues and Blyth & Blyth took account of this early in the design process designing a scheme in which all surface water is treated and stored on the site prior to discharge to the Forth and Clyde Canal as part of the ‘smart canal’ scheme. Dundashill is the first development in north Glasgow to tie into the canal as part of the scheme


The enabling works have paved the way for the redevelopment of the site and will play a key part in the regeneration of north Glasgow with the first houses due to commence on site in 2019.