Heritage & homes to put Govan Graving Docks back to work
August 22 2022
New City Vision will draw new life to the A-listed Govan Graving Docks with the reveal of proposals to establish a mixed-use neighbourhood on a 22-acre post-industrial site.
New homes on Govan Road and Clydebrae Street will sit alongside preserved and repaired docks, including a reinstated dry dock for the restoration of historic ships. Operated by the Docks and Piers Trust it is hoped the refurbished dry dock can become a tourist attraction in its own right.
Planned interventions include an 'urban pier' and viewing platforms providing access to the River Clyde and the formation of a wetlands park. Connected by a new bridge crossing at Canting Basin to the Clyde Walkway the site will be opened up as a heritage park with listed structures such as the Pumphouse restored for visitor and cultural use.
In a consultation statement, New City Vision wrote: "The docks are included within the current City Development Plan as a residential site, and if approved the plans would be partly cross-funded by the development of new housing along the southern side of the site.
"This would reinforce the sense of an extension to the wider Govan community as well as increasing the supply of much-needed affordable accommodation."
Conservation architect ZM Architecture is assisting lead architect O'DonnellBrown on the masterplan design, which includes the temporary use of the Pumphouse and peninsula around dock 1 as a space for public events. The project team also includes Gardiner & Theobald, Fairhurst, Aterlier Ten and Iceni.
Someone needs to look at the scale of the 'Urban Pier'. It is way to big. This is not central London. There wont be thousands of visitors every day to inhabit that space.
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