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Pacific Quay marina plans floated

January 12 2011

Pacific Quay marina plans floated
A disused quayside in Govan could be given a new lease of life after Floating Concepts unveiled plans to transform Prince’s Dock into a floating leisure village.

Designed by ZM Architecture and Baca Ltd the £30m marina would house water based shops, restaurants and even a roof top concert arena.

Floating homes would also be built in the basin, allowing residents to commute by boat and open up leisure opportunities for tourists.

David Beard, chief executive of Floating Concepts, said: “Despite having one of the most impressive river frontages in the UK, Glasgow does not have a prime waterfront destination. Our development will change this.”

Scottish Enterprise is backing the plans as part of its vision to expand the Pacific Quay media quarter.

An outline planning application has yet to be submitted but the developer hopes to commence construction by the middle of next year to complete the scheme by 2015.
The leisure destination would complement BDPs Science Centre
The leisure destination would complement BDPs Science Centre


#1 Posted by RT on 12 Jan 2011 at 12:38 PM
The concept images for this project actually look quite interesting. Something which can rarely be said about Glasgow's riverside development or indeed new development in Glasgow generally.
#2 Posted by AL on 12 Jan 2011 at 15:17 PM
Interesting in a “pie in the sky never going to happen, anytime, ever” kind of way
Interesting in “sensible, rational, realistic” kind of way ??
#3 Posted by FW on 12 Jan 2011 at 17:18 PM
Oh, the "Pie" variety, absolutely. Why on earth would the Herald carry such a fluff spread, that's the interesting bit. Happy, jolly people basking in the Govan sunshine, motor launches standing by, ready to whisk them to Saltcoates
#4 Posted by CB on 12 Jan 2011 at 18:03 PM
I hope this comes to fruition, boat living isn't quite the expensive luxury lifestyle one might think and I think there is a strong business case for a marina at Pacific Quay. In commuting distance of Glasgow there currently operate 6 largely successful moderately sized marinas at Dumbarton, Rhu, Inverkip, Largs, Ardrossan, and Troon. Say £3k p.a. for your berth (for a big boat), no Council Tax, you can hook into the electricity grid and pay for what you use to the Marina, anything else you buy in. Factor in proximity to Glasgow City Centre and the freedom to come and go as you please and it is a very attractive and affordable lifestyle for a good number of people. Factor on top of this the potential of touring boats and canal barges and there is good potential for a very popular and [i]very nearly[/i] city centre marina.

I do wonder, however, about the viability of the floating houses and apartments, as attractive a concept as that may seem. I wonder who might choose to invest in floating property on that site given the present surrounding situation. It would require, as a minimum, a clear and direct route be made from Pacific Quay to Cessnock Subway and a re-appraisal of the current masterplan for the remainder of the Quay site, in conjunction with LHO's to and other site-owners, to include the the spit of business/light industrial unit and the ex-LA stock between this and the remaining tenement stock to Paisley Road. Only then will Pacific Quay be an attractive residential investment.

Will anyone be willink to risk bank-rolling this in this climate? Ummm...
D to the R
#5 Posted by D to the R on 12 Jan 2011 at 22:18 PM
I think this should be commended - its fresh - pretty hypothetical - why not eh? Oh ..... until the Friday night corpses bob down the river and into your living room :)
#6 Posted by Arttoon on 13 Jan 2011 at 00:01 AM
Why oh why as per usual are we waiting for such a development. This should have been in place 10 years ago! When was the Garden Festival, will it really be 30 years after the festival we have full use of the sight!

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