Thrive Gardens

New Thrive Gardens at Strathclyde

Over the summer 2019, we improved accessibility and safety, created more social spaces, enhanced biodiversity and renewed drainage around the University’s Student Village.

This project saw the transformation of the green spaces around the Student Village and the creation of a healthy outdoor social hub. We enhanced the visual appearance of the landscaped areas to provide more attractive outdoor space for students and staff to socialise and relax in. We also improved the pathways, seating and lighting in order to encourage students and staff to use the space.

The Wi-Fi within the residences was also upgraded.


Thrive Gardens, architect's illustration and the finished project
What’s new?

Garnet and Murray Hall Orchard and Growing Space

We brought the space to life by creating a vibrant community garden and growing space. In this space students and staff can find raised planters, fruiting hedges, herb garden and an orchard with apple trees. The garden provides an energising space for students to take a break from their studies.  

Birkbeck Re-landscaping and Seating

We maintained the existing trees, and updated the planting, lighting, surfacing and seating to create cosy and flexible areas where students can socialise with their peers and take part in informal activities. 


New Thrive Gardens, Strathclyde University
Biodiversity matters

The improved space will help promote student and staff wellbeing through use of outdoor amenity areas. In addition, this project will help us conserve and enhance biodiversity on campus and in our city.

Our staff say…

“Delivering these multiple projects within an 8-week timeframe did not come without its challenges. However, with the effective teamwork of Estates Services, Residences Management, Grounds Team and our building contractor we were able to deliver a fresh and colourful outdoor experience for students and staff…I look forward to seeing the new gardens in their full bloom next spring.”

- Ian Jones, Project Manager, Estates Services