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Flood-proof Govan docks rejuvenation targets 700 new homes

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November 23 2017

 Flood-proof Govan docks rejuvenation targets 700 new homes
Planning permission in principle is being sought for development of Glasgow’s A-listed Graving Docks to accommodate over 700 new homes, a hotel, shops, restaurants and offices on the banks of the Clyde.

Built atop six individual podiums to mitigate the threat posed by flooding, while offering parking provision and commercial space, the site plan seeks to accommodate the requisite floorspace while maintaining views through the docks.

Proposals extend to draining the central dock as a publicly accessible dry dock, preserving the caisson gate, access bridges and lampposts - opening up an existing staircase to provide access to the dock floor. Remaining docks will be infilled with one opened up as a ‘living space’ for houseboats. 

Harry O’Donnell, chairman of New City Vision Group, wrote: “The rejuvenation of the proposed public space will embrace the proud shipbuilding history of the Graving Docks. The new spaces will extend the Clyde walkway for walkers and cyclists and open up the riverside in Govan after being inaccessible to the public and the local community for more than four decades.

“The plans also feature a heritage centre that will tell the story of the iconic docks, which was a key part of Clydeside shipbuilding from the 1860s right up until the late 1980s.”

Lead consultants ZM Architecture have been exploring design solutions in conjunction with GLG Arquitectos and O’Donnell Brown, focusing on the use of a prefabricated brick panel system, creating a unified frontage to Govan Road with floor-to-ceiling glazing and corner windows.

4 Comments

Andrew Hepburn
#1 Posted by Andrew Hepburn on 23 Nov 2017 at 23:12 PM
I wonder if Scottish house builders will be able to lift their game sufficiently and provide the city with something more noteworthy than their usual mediocre offering.
Audrey Hepburn
#2 Posted by Audrey Hepburn on 24 Nov 2017 at 08:57 AM
or alternatively ...... I wonder if Scottish House Purchasers will be willing to pay more cash for a "noteworthy" flat in Govan.

The answer is No (by the way)
Billy
#3 Posted by Billy on 24 Nov 2017 at 10:07 AM
Glad they are keeping the docks. The development should do well with its proximity to the tourist attractions, transport and the West end/ Finnieston a 20 minute walk over the bridges at the Science centre.
Charlton Hepburn
#4 Posted by Charlton Hepburn on 24 Nov 2017 at 10:17 AM
So housebuilders don't design or build noteworthy homes because almost everything that is chucked up is as cheap as chips and it's somehow not the fault of dreadful housebuilding legislation, developers whose only ambition is to make as much as possible for the least effort or planners who somehow, inexplicably, never seem to make demands of said developers, but it's all the fault of house purchasers?

Yeah, that'll be it.

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