Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative One Year On

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The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative is now just over a year old. We certainly can’t say it has been a dull year – a rollercoaster certainly but far from dull!

Govan No. 3 dry dock Govan No. 3 dry dock depth marker

Since incorporating in June 2015 our efforts have received over £110,000 worth of pro-bono / speculative work and services in kind.

To those who have helped us out we can’t possibly begin to thank-you enough and over the next 12 months we aim to step up our efforts to save and restore Govan’s unique, historic graving docks.

We have also managed to exceed 7,300 signatures on the petition for a maritime heritage park at Govan Graving Docks – a proposal CDPI was established primarily to pursue.

We have also identified other derelict maritime assets along the Clyde corridor that are opportune for restoration/preservation for the benefit of local communities and the economy of…

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Call for a Public Inquiry Into Govan Graving Docks

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We are calling on the Scottish Government, The Secretary of State for Scotland and The Lord Advocate to launch a full public inquiry into Govan Graving Docks.

We have reason to suspect that Glasgow City Council and certain Council members are preparing an agenda to railroad through the plans of housing developers despite overwhelming public opposition to housing development at the site.

The Petition

Please sign the petition calling for a public inquiry at https://www.change.org/p/scottish-government-launch-a-public-inquiry-into-govan-graving-docks

The dry docks at Govan – Govan Graving Docks – were completed in the late nineteenth century with the last one to be built, the large dock nearest to Govan Road, opening on 27th April 1898.

Commissioned by James Deas, the Chief Engineer of the Clyde Navigation Trust, No. 1 dry dock and No. 3 dry dock were the deepest dry docks in Britain when opened and could accommodate the largest ships in the world…

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A Cutty Sark Replica for Govan? #CuttySarkGovan #SaveGovanDocks #Reborn2Sail

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As reported in yesterday’s Sunday Mail exclusive, the Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative is in talks with an international team of replica shipbuilders who are fundraising and seeking a location to build a fully working and sailing replica of the Cutty Sark.

While a number of locations are being considered the first choice for the Cutty Sark 2 team is to build the ship in one of the currently derelict dry docks at Govan Graving Docks in Glasgow, Scotland which is why their representative approached CDPI last November.

If the project goes ahead it will be the first major construction of a civilian ship in Glasgow since the Govan shipyard was operated by Norwegian company Kvaerner in the 1990s. It will also send out a bold statement that a resurgence of shipbuilding and maritime activity on the Clyde (as opposed to lining the river with bland and uninspiring blocks of flats)…

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Govan Graving Docks’ 118th Birthday #SaveGovanDocks

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Next week on Wednesday 27th April it will be exactly 118 years since the opening of No. 3 dry dock at Govan – the large dry dock nearest to Govan Rd.

Govan Graving Docks in Glasgow, Scotland No. 3 dry dock at Govan Graving Docks

This was the last dry dock to be built at Govan and it pre-dates the former Burgh of Govan becoming part of the City of Glasgow.

Commissioned by James Deas, Chief Engineer of the Clyde Navigation Trust, this was the deepest dry dock in Britain when it opened and it could accommodate the largest ships in the world at the time. The walls are constructed from hand carved granite blocks. Anecdotally it is claimed to have been the largest dry dock in Europe (and the world) when it was built.

Length: 880ft (268.3m)
Width: 83ft (25.3m)
Depth: 26ft 6ins (8.1m)

At 417 ft (127m)  the tower at Glasgow Science Centre in the…

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CDPI Crowdfunding Appeal / Architecture Competition #SaveGovanDocks

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We want to say thank-you so much again to those who have donated so far to our crowdfunding campaign.

We would not have reached this far without your generous support and encouragement but we do need to continually raise funds to be able to continue our efforts and pull out all the stops to save Govan Graving Docks.

Pump house at Govan Graving Docks The A-listed pump house at Govan Graving Docks. A dilapidated and sorry sight that has been left to deteriorate for almost 30 years. Crying out for restoration along with the dry docks.

We are currently preparing a brief to launch a design competition for architecture students (and possibly new graduates) to develop concepts for a maritime park at Govan Graving Docks. This will form a key part of our consultation process and inform the development of an alternative masterplan.

We would also be keen to hear from professional architects who would be…

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The River Clyde’s Maritime Clearances / Govan-Partick Bridge

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Anecdotally during the Highland clearances, when landowners forcibly removed their tenants to make way for sheep grazing, trees were planted inside the walls of houses so that people would not be able to move back into them.

Today we are seeing a similar eradication of the maritime infrastructure on the River Clyde. Except instead of trees it is poorly conceived box flats and bland commercial developments that are being built. The recently approved redevelopment of the former John Brown shipyard in Clydebank, the birthplace of the QE2, is a case in point an stands as an ominous spectre of what could happen to Govan Graving Docks if we do not succeed in challenging developers’ plans.

Plans have been announced to build an additional footbridge across the River Clyde between Partick and Govan.

Such a bridge would be a welcome addition to the waterfront pedestrian thoroughfare but it is essential that…

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CDPI Announces Resignation of Lord Stringfellow from our Board of Directors

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It is with regret that we announce the resignation last week of Lord James Stringfellow from the board of the Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative with immediate effect.

Jimmy has stood down due to the stress he has experienced as a result of sustained prejudice against the Fairground Community Group in Govan of which he is the leader.

The board of CDPI wish to thank our friend and former colleague for his contribution to date and the door will remain open for him to return at any time in the future if he feels able.

We stand shoulder to shoulder with the Fairground Community in condemning the bigotry that Jimmy and his family have been subjected to for many years.

We hope the very small minority within the Govan community, who are responsible for this bigotry, will take the opportunity to issue an apology to Jimmy Stringfellow, to the Fairground Community…

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