A 16 acre Queens Quay site, which was formerly the location of the John Brown's shipyard, where great liners like the Queen Mary and QE2 were built, was the focus for a masterplan for the redevelopment of the site in 2004. Page/Park architects lead a team including IWA, Gardiner & Theobald and URS.
The realisation of the £7.5M scheme of infrastructure and public realm works enabled the site to be developed incrementally in plots, acting as a catalyst for development along the river edge. The first of these developments have already been completed – the new Clydebank College housing 10,000 students, Titan Enterprise Centre and a further office building, Aurora House has recently been constructed.
A civic arrival square at the north east of the site, and a further civic square in the north west corner at the river mark the key public arrival and destination points on the plan, and a 300m long pedestrian promenade along the river’s edge allows pedestrians to enjoy walking along the river in this location for the first time in more than 150 years.
The quality of spaces and materials used at Queens Quay were specifically designed and chosen to set a definitive benchmark for future phases of construction at Queens Quay and other areas covered by the Master Plan. Granite sets and natural materials are used extensively in both pavement and roadway constructions, and bespoke castings for the river edge balustrading provide a unique sense of place and build quality for this significant Scottish regeneration project.
IWA also designed a new £400,000 pontoon and platform on the waters edge site, and this has quickly become a tourist stop, with HM Cruiser bringing passengers down-river from the city centre to visit the Titan Crane.