More Revised Concept Images

More images from a revised 3D concept. This was developed taking more accurate dimensions from Google Earth and using a higher resolution satellite image import into sketchup to trace the layout of the docks and quays. It also accounts for the different levels that exist on the quays – which have been estimated from photographs of the site. The dimensions in the model are not completely accurate and are only for conceptual illustration.

A revised concept of a row of flats and commercial units along Govan Road has also been included. This is devised with demand for some degree of residential/commercial use in mind but in a way that it does not encroach onto the park – instead forming the boundary. While longer overall than the original concept – the idea of a continuous block has been replaced with a row of separate buildings. It has been integrated with a deck that would open the park onto Govan Road and has the overall look of a ship. It is anticipated the first 2 level, on the quay and the deck, would be commercial units (cafes, bars, restaurants, art galleries, boutique shops, etc) that would be leased to independent businesses and not major restaurant/coffee shop chains (or at least the presence of such businesses would be strictly limited). It is estimated the row could include up to 75-100 flats depending on size. This would be the maximum extent of any construction on the site – only marquees and free standing cabins would be used on the other quays and this would also be stipulated in the park deeds.

I am also working on an alternative concept for this that would use the deck onto Govan Road as designed but have only two levels, using wood and sandstone and having only commercial units in a more rustic style. Feedback regarding which people think is best (and importantly most viable) would be welcome. This will be taken into consideration in developing a finalised concept to be submitted to Glasgow City Council and others during the City Development Plan consultation. I would also like to seek feedback from anyone able to assist with developing a cost analysis of implementing a park concept along these lines.

The overall concept in terms of layout and utilisation of space is otherwise largely unchanged from the previous version (

The trees in the model are based on conifers as they are easy to render and having a low polygon-count don’t demand much graphic memory. Though I anticipate a variety of both evergreen and deciduous trees, including apple and other fruit trees, would be used throughout the park.

The Sketchup file will be published shortly.

Govan Graving Docks heritage park pump house.

View of the pump house from the north west. A water feature has been added in front of the building which could either be a lido or a pond with fish, aquatic plants and model boats. A conservatory extension has been added for additional cafe space. A new quay wall is show along the River Clyde replacing the previous quay which has collapsed completely.

Govan Graving Docks shipbuilding heritage park concept - quay between drydock three and the river

The narrow part of the quay to the north of dry dock 3 between the dock and the river. The concept envisages this would be a garden quay. Two levels exist on this quay as shown and the wall could be used for a variety of climbing plants. The grass areas could be planted with a variety of trees, shrubs and other plants – including fruit trees. Plants could be grown in maritime artifacts like old rowing boats or salvaged fixtures from ships arranged in the grass areas. It is also anticipated that a stepped garden would be created on the walls of this drydock. A trellis arch at the end of the path of the lower quay.

View of drydock 3

View over drydock three showing house boats, pontoons and floating gardens in the dock. Bridges have been added across the middle of the drydock and a row of flats and commercial units on Govan Road.

Access from Govan Road

Main Govan Road entrance. The deck opens on to the street enabling pedestrian access to the commercial units and walkways/views on the deck level and offering a vantage point of the park and skyline. A wide flight of steps and two elevators provide access down to the quay.

Quay between drydock 3 and Govan Rd

Commercial units and flats on the quay at Govan Road. The basements (quay side) and ground floors (street level) are commercial units and these could be cafes, bars, restaurants, art galleries, boutique shops, etc.

Drydock 3 Govan Road Quay

The existing stairwells in the dock are used to create access to pontoons in drydock 3

Govan Graving docks shipbuilding heritage park

Arial view of the entire park as it might look form the Science Centre tower. A bridge opens up access from Pacific Quay to the garden quay to the north of drydock 3. In order to use the stairwells on drydock 3 for pontoon access the water level will need to be lowered below that of the river. In order to maintain this level while still allowing vessels to enter and leave the dock it will be necessary to install a lock system. This could be achieved with an additional caisson gate at the end of the quay as shown in the image. This could accommodate vessels up to approx. 30m (~100ft) in length and up to 40m if the lock gate was angled to use the full length of the south quay based on taking measurements from Google Earth.

Govan Graving Docks heritage park basin

The basin to the west of the graving docks. A new stepped quay is shown around the basin which would accommodate a marina for house boats and rental/visitor moorings. Unchanged from the previous model on the left is a fenced nature reserve (shown in dark green) with bird pond and park grass areas (shown in lighter green) while the basin quays are flanked on the other sides by a nature reserve / ecology park area.


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