Bold plans to create a new community and bring life back to the historic Govan Graving Docks on the River Clyde have been unveiled.
The mixed-use proposals would see the derelict site transformed into a vibrant neighbourhood with new residential housing and a hub for community projects interwoven with the historic landmark.
The ambitious Vision, being led by New City Vision and working closely with a range of partners, now has its own dedicated website (www.govangravingdocks.com). The local community will have an opportunity to view the emerging regeneration vision in person at two drop-in-session being held on June 16 and 17.
Balancing the historic sensitivity of the site, the plans include the reopening of Dock No1 for historic ship repairs, in partnership with The Piers and Docks Trust. The restoration of the site’s sole remaining building – the Pumphouse – is also outlined in the ambitious plans.
The new proposals encourage a bold and imaginative balance between creating new homes, preserving, repairing and reopening the docks, while inviting other exciting and compatible uses.
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, reinforcing the sense of an extension to the wider Govan community as well as increasing the supply of much needed affordable accommodation.
Providing the potential for local jobs and training opportunities once more along the River Clyde, it is hoped that the refurbished dock and pumphouse will also become a major visitor attraction, while re-connecting the people of Glasgow with the currently derelict, yet historic site.
With the Vision centred on regenerating the site into a thriving community space, the Vision outlines the launch of a new urban wetlands project from the western basin of the Docks, aimed at carbon capture and regenerative farming.
First showcased during COP26, the scheme – which is already underway – is being carried out by Blue Green Glasgow CIC, who have welcomed the prospect of wider community involvement in the project and access to the site.
Harry O’Donnell, Chairman of New City Vision, said: I am delighted to unveil our Vision to transform the historic Govan Graving Docks site.
“The Docks are part of the fabric of this city, and these proposals will see the site retain its historical and cultural significance, while also creating a vibrant, new community which will contribute to the local and city-wide economy.
“New housing along the southern side of the site will underpin the funding of the wider vision to create a new urban green space fit for the 21st Century.
“Our vision has been the subject of widespread consultation over the past two years, and it reflects broad support to bring the historic site back into use.
“I would urge anyone with an interest in the proposals to attend our in-person events on Thursday 16 June and Friday 17 June. Members of our project team will be on-hand to discuss the proposals with the local community and to answer any questions they may have.”
The 16 June event is being held between 11.00 am and 7.00 pm at The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Rd, Govan, Glasgow G51 3UU.
The 17 June event is being held between 1.30pm and 4.30pm at the Riverside Hall, 29-31 Clydebrae St, Govan, Glasgow, G51 2AJ.
Notes to editors
It is anticipated that a Proposal of Application notice will be submitted to Glasgow City Council in June 2022 with statutory public consultation scheduled to take place in July/August 2022.
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