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Glasgow’s Graving Docks to be resurrected with 750 new homes

March 7 2017

Glasgow’s Graving Docks to be resurrected with 750 new homes
ZM Architecture and New City Vision have reheated credit-crunched plans to erect a housing-led regeneration of Glasgow’s Graving Docks, potentially bringing the site back into use after 40 years of dereliction.

It is envisaged that this would take the form of up to 750 homes in a series of buildings ranging from four to 15 storeys in height, with 100 of these made available at mid-market rents and the remainder offered for private sale and rent.

Included in this mix would be a number of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants – possibly in the form of small, lightweight, dockside pavilions with the option of introducing a hotel and offices also being explored.

These would be arranged around the restored ‘A’ listed docks and a new heritage centre within the pump house, with industrial heritage such as crane tracks, metalwork, caisson gates, cobbles and masonry all retained.

The tidal docks themselves will be retained as part of this work and a new City Deal funded footbridge will offer connections to the Science Centre, providing public access to the docks in their entirety for the first time.

In a statement the team said: “There will be public access anywhere without buildings – that’s over 80% of the site, including the water in the docks.

“The areas around the three docks, the basin and the river will all have public access. There’s a huge opportunity to use them for different things; going for a walk, community gardens, natural river edges, café kiosks, play areas, tai chi, restoring old boats – or just sitting and enjoying the view.”

A planning in principle application for the waterfront site is expected to be filed in April.

Photograph by Tom Manley


Glen Ferguson
#1 Posted by Glen Ferguson on 7 Mar 2017 at 11:06 AM
I think this would be a welcome addition especially since it includes cafes, bars and shops. adding in a few piers aswell creating Glasgows very own Marina
#2 Posted by monkey9000 on 7 Mar 2017 at 11:12 AM
Sounds fantastic!
Steve S
#3 Posted by Steve S on 7 Mar 2017 at 11:12 AM
Mention of a heritage centre as part of the plans
Paul Sweeney
#4 Posted by Paul Sweeney on 7 Mar 2017 at 11:53 AM
The ideal solution for the Govan Graving Docks site is a sensitively scaled and detailed mixed use development that draws population into the area for residential and also creates a leisure destination, but leaves the structure and surrounding arms of the A-listed docks and pumping house intact. Something akin to the scale and density of the Albert Dock in Liverpool would be ideal. One of the dock caissons should be opened to the tidal river and used to berth vessels such as the Waverley and Queen Mary steamer once restored; while one or two of the other docks should be glazed over to form covered exhibition halls for a new 'Clydebuilt' Scottish Maritime Museum at the site, to replace the closed museum at Braehead (it closed in 2010 after the shopping centre owner pulled an annual grant that was a condition of planning permission, but it was also a peripheral location). This project could be funded via the City Deal and other potential funders such as the Heritage Lottery Fund. The model of using graving docks for this approach are the Danish Maritime Museum and the Cutty Sark at Greenwich in London.

Danish National Maritime Museum:

Cutty Sark, Greenwich:

When combined with the proposed new Clyde walkway and bridge to Partick and the Riverside Museum at Water Row, this could be the basis of a new 'Maritime Quarter' for the city. The proximity of the Kelvin Hall, Riverside Museum, Science Centre, Glenlee, Waverley, Fairfield Heritage Centre and the soon to be restored Queen Mary steamer presents a unique opportunity to create a new National Maritime Museum at Govan Graving Docks along with residential and leisure uses that, together, would form a world-class museum quarter and even World Heritage Site that would be on a par with Maritime Greenwich in London. We should not just view this as a residential-led development but see the wider opportunity to use the Govan Graving Docks as the basis for a project that could be much more visionary and world-class for Glasgow.

I was very heartened to learn that the planning consultant and architect are very keen on this approach at the consultation and hopefully the Scottish Maritime Museum will be interested in a project at the site.

#5 Posted by George on 8 Mar 2017 at 10:25 AM
Glad to see some activity actually happening as it has been a horrendous blot on the Clyde for far too long. However I would rather wait for activity that was of a world class quality which is what this unique site could become. Fully agree with integrating a Maritime Museum such as was at Braehead together with docking some boats there, and having attractive housing (no student flats please) mixed in with a leisure and restaurant offering that people want to come to. With a bridge linking it to the Science Centre, if this was of a good enough standard then it would be a brilliant boost for the Clyde. However please don't rush through cheap flats just to get something moving here, this has to be to a high standard.

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