Heritage & culture prioritised in fresh Govan Graving Docks masterplan
November 24 2020
A fresh approach to repurposing Govan Graving Docks is being pursued by on behalf of New City Vision following the refusal of prior plans which failed to preserve the architecture and history of the A-listed industrial site.
It had been hoped to build 750 'flood-proof' homes on the dock but this found no dice with planners, who warned that the use of 'sacrificial floors' to mitigate flood risk was not a sustainable approach.
Now the developer is back with a significantly altered scheme, bringing O'DonnellBrown on board to assist ZM Architecture on refocussing their approach, reducing the number of planned homes to 310 and prioritising the preservation of heritage and culture through provision of start-up spaces for creative and social enterprises.
The reduced site density will allow dry dock 1 to be reinstated as a working berth as part of a maritime heritage complex housing operational docking facilities and ship repair infrastructure, following a competing shipyard vision by Ferguson Marine, with the remaining two docks preserved
Discussions are ongoing with Govan Docks Regeneration Trust who are working with the design team to reduce the number of homes still further but current thinking anticipates three apartment blocks fronting Govan Road with a further two tenement-style blocks wrapping around the western-most basin. Dock number two meanwhile will be overlooked by a single villa-style block - all within an approximate five-year timespan.
In the short-term the priority will be to establish a new workspace on Stag Street and an elevated pier structure from which local businesses may operate. A skills training hub and reinstatement of dry dock 1 will also be fast-tracked for delivery, possibly within a year.
Highland Lane will be reinstated as a pier structure to accommodate workshops, training and cultural events
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