Glasgow tenements

School children imagine a greener future for Glasgow's tenements

School children across Glasgow have come up with a range of innovative ideas to make Glasgow's tenements greener and more energy efficient.

A total of 120 children from primary and secondary schools took part in the Glasgow: City of Tenements competition. The winners were announced at a ceremony at Glasgow City Chambers on Friday 25 March 2011.

The children were challenged to look at ways to adapt Glasgow's remaining tenements to ensure that they are equipped to meet the demands of our changing climate and the challenge of energy emissions.

The competition focused on ways in which we can adapt, but still safeguard Glasgow's rich built heritage in the face of a changing climate. The project did not seek definitive answers to the issues raised, instead its aim is to encourage young people to engage, discuss, reflect on and be more aware of issues of sustainability and design in the context of Glasgow's most iconic domestic buildings.

The winners were announced during the UK's first ever Climate Week. The competition was launched to all schools in Glasgow in October 2010.

The winners were - St Brides Primary (primary winner), Jordanhill Primary (primary runner-up); St Kelvin's Primary, Kelvindale Primary and Battlefield Primary (commendation for creativity); Parkhill Secondary (secondary winner). Knightswood Secondary (secondary runner-up); Bellahouston Academy and Lourdes Secondary (commendation for creativity).

There were two first prizes of £250, 2x £150 prizes, as well as, organised visits to various Glasgow attractions including wind farms, the Lighthouse, Science centre, and the Burrell collection.

Councillor Ruth Simpson, Convener of the Sustainability and the Environment Policy Development Committee at Glasgow City Council, said: "This is a great project and the entries have been of the highest calibre.

"Challenging the younger citizens of our city to come up with ways to ensure that Glasgow's tenements are greener has been an eye opening experience. We want to ensure that everyone is aware of the implications of climate change on our daily lives.

"We hope all Glaswegians will follow the lead of our young people to play their part to tackle the issues of climate change and make Glasgow a more beautiful, liveable and sustainable city.??

The project was organised by Glasgow City Council with support from Sustainable Glasgow, Glasgow Climate Change Partnership, Sustainable Scotland Network, and Glasgow Museums.

All the entries are now part of an exhibition at The Lighthouse from 25 March to 9 April 2011. This is open to all.

The tenement is a traditional form of urban housing in Scotland, and although found in all of the major cities the tenement house found its highest expression in 19th century in Glasgow, during the city's period of industrial expansion.

Many of the traditional sandstone tenements have been preserved, and today are much loved places to live providing homes for a large percentage of Glasgow's residents.

The prizes were presented by Cllr Simpson; Mark Irwin of Glasgow City Council's Education Services and Ruth Smith of Glasgow City Council's Development and Regeneration Services.

The UK's first ever Climate Week took place from 21 to 27 March. Climate Week was backed by the Prime Minister David Cameron and other world figures such as Al Gore and Kofi Annan along with celebrities including Paul McCartney and Michael Palin, a huge number of events will be taking place - all aimed at promoting diverse, practical ways of combating climate change and creating a more sustainable, low-carbon future. To find out more about what took place during the week visit

As part of Glasgow's commitment to fighting climate change and make our city more sustainable it has launched a city-wide partnership called Sustainable Glasgow. It brings together partners from the public and private sectors to work with citizens, communities and businesses. The city is committed to reducing its carbon emissions by 30 per cent within 10 years and building a greener and more sustainable future for Glaswegians. The unparalleled strategic approach taken by Glasgow will help to create jobs and boost the economy, tackle social issues including fuel poverty and regenerate the city.