The Concrete Garden was the debut project for the erz modular Gro Garden, and is still in constant use after more than a decade.

The Concrete Garden is constructed using a modular infrastructure system which can be assembled and easily de-mounted on any site. The modular system creates a strong sense of place in what are often incoherent environments.

The kit was designed by erz and is fabricated from waste timber by Glasgow Wood Recycling, with modules for shelters, growing beds, greenhouses, screens, and green roofs. It includes an irrigation system based on rainwater harvesting, and has been used many times across the Greater Glasgow area to enable community food growing on underused, derelict, or vacant land.

  • Chairman’s Award for Architecture, Scottish Design Awards 2011
  • Low-cost Project Award, Scottish Design Awards 2011
  • Small Projects Award, Architects’ Journal 2011
  • Sustainability Award, Architects’ Journal 2011
St. Matthew’s Church Community Group

The Concrete Garden, Possil

“…It’s an amazing way to feel connected in your community, meet new people, build your confidence, improve your mental and physical health, spend time connected to nature, increase your skills and interests, and so much more.”

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Gro Garden

This project brings a vacant area of ground in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus into use and creates new habitat for wildlife. The works include new wildflower meadows, paths, tree planting and flexible grass space for events. The Gro Garden is intended to become a new break-out place for all users of the hospital campus – to meet, sit quietly among plants and flowers, eat lunch or take part in organised activities.