30 Oct, 2021 Community Creations Projects & Initiatives In the Press

Sustrans’ Pocket Places: Kilbarchan Primary School

As part of a collaboration between Sustrans, Renfrewshire Council and Kilbarchan Community Council, Glasgow Wood Recycling were asked to come up with a unique seating solution outside Kilbarchan Primary School.


The Pocket Places programme was designed to help the local community to find simple, quick, and temporary solutions to improve the look and feel of their streets. After the two-month trial, it was found to have had a positive impact on the way people drove and walked to school. This success resulted in more permanent solutions being installed.

Using reclaimed oak whisky barrels, we decided to make use of this notoriously challenging material to design a completely unique bench for children and parents to use on their journey to and from school or work.

The install also coincided with our whisky barrel project, RE-CASK, which you’ll be able to learn more about here.

Lockdown has inspired more people to explore their local neighbourhood, connect with neighbours, and choose more active ways to get around. And in Kilbarchan, a small village in Renfrewshire, local people have demonstrated what can happen when a community comes together to bring about positive action.

Amelia Rowe, a local artist worked with the children to create a collection of artworks to be hung around the area, which have all encouraged the locals to walk, scoot or cycle to work.

Rene Lindsay, Sustrans Scotland Senior Urban Designer said:

“It’s never been more important to encourage children to walk, cycle or wheel to school and nursery, helping to reduce congestion at the school gates and increase physical activity.

During lockdown, families have spent more time in their local areas. The artwork is really reflective of the children’s sense of neighbourhood and community.

We’ve been delighted to work with the school, Amelia and the local community to come up with fun, inspiring designs that will brighten up the area and create more enjoyable places to spend time in.”


 Sustrans bench

Take a read of Sustrans’ article to learn even more about the project.

You can also have a look at the PDF version of the case study below.


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