Govan Graving Docks

Govan dry docks (Photo: Ronnie Macdonald/ Creative Commons) Govan dry docks (Photo: Ronnie Macdonald/ Creative Commons)

The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative is about to launch a consultation on the future of Govan Graving Docks, Scotland, UK. The organisation will be conducting this in collaboration with a number of local organisations and academia.

The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative wishes to invite a wide range of stakeholders and interested parties to comment and give views on what they wish to see done with the derelict dry dock complex. Through this they hope to be able to exert considerable influence over the plans of the developers, New City Vision Group, who own the site as well as shape an alternative vision for the future of the docks.

Govan Graving Docks is a Category A-listed site and the only remaining dock complex in Glasgow. It is a monument to the people who built it and thus, says The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative, there exists a moral duty of stewardship over their legacy. It is a maritime asset of local, national and international significance and any development on the docks must be sympathetic to this, they added.

The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative position is that the graving docks should become a UNESCO World Heritage Site and that any construction of permanent buildings should be restricted to low-rise on the edge of the site along Govan Road.

The long-term objective of The CDPI is that the graving docks site will be restored to create a shipbuilding heritage park and the body wishes to engage a number of parties across academia, the maritime industry and the public both locally and nationally in shaping a possible vision for this. Part of the strategy development will include competitions for architecture, design and engineering students to design buildings and installations in the park and exploring options for the restoration of the dry docks to working order so vessels can be accommodated in them.

The CDPI is also interested in hearing from corporate sponsors and consultants that can support its objectives.

By Jake Frith

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