Govan wet basin to host 170m warship assembly hall
July 26 2022
BAE Systems will host a live consultation later this afternoon on plans to infill a wet basin at Govan to permit the erection of a 170m long shipbuilding assembly hall.
As part of the defence contractor's 23-hectare surface ships campus at Govan Road, the work will permit the construction of ships longer than 75m fully under cover. This will allow Ministry of Defence orders to be fulfilled in a climate-controlled environment with dedicated on-site offices and amenities.
In a consultation statement, BAE Systems wrote: "This site allows BAE Systems to deliver the scale of shipbuilding hall required, together with a direct route to water. In addition, this allows the required building to be located at the heart of their existing campus, away from the more sensitive riverside area, where previous proposals were focused.
"The proposed shipbuilding hall will occupy part of the existing shipyard wet basin and will provide accommodation to allow for at least two ships to be built simultaneously under cover and in single hull format. This will remove the need for the outdoor assembly of ships as is currently the case."
Measuring 170m long, 81m wide and 49m tall the hall, designed by Arch Henderson, will be subject to a planning application over the summer with the expectation that work could commence in January.
The assembly hall will employ roof mounted photovoltaics, rainwater harvesting and heat recovery from mechanical plant
The wet basin will be sealed off and infilled, retaining access to the Clyde with a 54m roller shutter door
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