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Govan Needs You, It’s Time to Mobilise! #SaveGovanDocks

Govan Needs You, It's Time to Mobilise! #SaveGovanDocks

Govan Needs You, It’s Time to Mobilise! #SaveGovanDocks

An application has been lodged with Glasgow City Council for an EIA Screening Opinion on Govan Graving Docks.

“Erection of Mixed Use development at former Govan Graving Docks – Request for a screening opinion under the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations”

https://publicaccess.glasgow.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=OAV3SREX0NB00

What the Screening Opinion application means is that the developers want the Council to agree that there is no requirement to conduct a full Environmental Impact Assessment – so that only a more straightforward (‘lite version’) environmental survey will be needed.

The application indicates planning consent will be sought for 600 homes, 195 hotel rooms and 7,520 square metres of office space to be developed on the docks. Also a cynical token gesture of a small museum and café – as if that’s going to appease anyone and could potentially be dropped from the plans at a later stage.

The application looks like a run of the mill developers box-ticking exercise to appease planners.

This is not an application for planning consent to develop the site but it is nevertheless the clearest indication yet that such an application is in the pipeline. We are preparing for planning consent to be sought this autumn and need to muster all opposition possible.

What we need right away is for everyone who has signed the heritage park petition to get one friend (two would be better) who has not yet signed to do so, as well as the new petitions:

Calling for a public inquiry – https://www.change.org/p/scottish-government-launch-a-public-inquiry-into-govan-graving-docks

Calling for the Scottish Government to call in any planning applications – https://www.change.org/p/the-scottish-government-the-scottish-government-call-in-any-future-planning-applications-for-govan-graving-docks

We need a surge in momentum NOW if we are to succeed in preventing this development and save the last of Glasgow’s historic docks!

Owners New City Vision were quoted in Glasgow Live (http://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/fight-govans-docks-listed-glasgow-11640615) stating they would have to reconsider their plans if there is massive resistance. So let’s take a square shot at this open goal!

Exhibition Shed

Concept for a wood and glass free-standing exhibition shed on the quay between drydocks 1 and 2.

Exhibition Shed

Exhibition Shed

This would house a permanent walk-through exhibition of the chronological history of shipbuilding and maritime industries on the Clyde.

The shed would also provide a mezzanine viewing gallery overlooking drydock 2 – which is thought could be used for maintenance work on restoration project vessels or for replica ship projects – as well as providing a berth for visiting ships.

This could also have solar panels installed on the roof to provide its power.

Heritage Park White Paper

The draft white paper on the proposal for a heritage park at Govan Graving Docks is now available to download in PDF format. You may share and redistribute this document provided it is not edited in any way.

Govan Graving Docks Proposal – Draft White Paper Aug 2014 (PDF)

Govan Graving Docks Heritage Park
A conceptual proposal for the redevelopment of Govan Graving Docks in Glasgow as a
shipbuilding and maritime heritage park

Executive Summary

This paper presents a conceptual proposal for the redevelopment of the Govan Graving Docks in Glasgow as a shipbuilding and maritime heritage park.

The heritage park proposal puts forward a mix of residential (berths for live-aboard boats) and small-scale commercial development complementing an area of public realm quaysides, landscaped gardens, market space, ecology and nature reserve areas and museum heritage displays and exhibitions including restored vessels.

The wider context of previous development proposals for Govan Graving Docks and the socio-economic impact of the proposal is acknowledged and addressed, as well as the need to include community stakeholders moving forward. The challenges that will be faced in seeking to create a heritage park development will also be identified with a view to soliciting expert feedback.

The proposal makes as it’s core assertion that there is an inadequate level of recognition in Glasgow of the city’s shipbuilding and maritime heritage and that a heritage park at Govan Graving Docks would address this in a way that befits the key role these industries played in the city’s history and growth. Glasgow is synonymous the world over with shipbuilding and related industries however very little trace of the city’s industrial past remains. Govan Graving Docks is the only remaining major industrial dock complex on the Upper Clyde that has not been filled to make way for modern developments and may represent the only remaining opportunity to create a heritage site of this kind. Such opportunity would be permanently lost were the site used to create luxury housing. While new housing development will be very necessary in the years to come there is adequate derelict or disused land elsewhere in Glasgow with little historic interest and which is more suitable for extensive construction. Furthermore waterfront housing developments tend to be at the premium end of the market and this is not where housing supply inadequacies are currently found.

Glasgow is widely associated with shipbuilding and maritime industries as well as more recently with the industrial decline that the industries left in their wake. Clyde-built ships travelled throughout the world and were instrumental in development of the British Empire and trade with the colonies and other overseas territories. It is therefore apparent that there is an opportunity to develop this heritage in a way that appeals to a wide range of interests. While other cities with notable maritime heritage (for example Dundee [26], Liverpool [27] and Cardiff [28]) have developed their waterfronts extensively in a way that celebrates their maritime past there is very little development of this kind in Glasgow and no coherent strategy for the development of the city’s waterfront overall.

Wider spatial planning for Glasgow waterfront is outside of the scope of this paper but it is hoped that future strategy development by local planners will have a positive impact on the future of Govan Graving Docks. It is also possible that a development of Govan Graving Docks that is founded on heritage and conservation will have a positive influence on strategies for other developments along the Clyde Corridor in the future.

This paper does not answer all of the questions the proposal raises nor are the questions raised an exhaustive list of the challenges that must be met if a heritage park is to be delivered but it is hoped it will bring on board serious engagement from those with the resources and expertise necessary to assist in making a heritage park a reality.

Govan Graving Docks Proposal – Draft White Paper Aug 2014 (PDF)

Heritage Park Concept

A 3D concept created using Sketchup to help visualise how a shipbuilding heritage park on the site for Govan Graving Docks might look.

I will send a copy of the Sketchup file (and Heritage Park Explanatory Notes PDF) from which these images were created to anyone who wants to view it it for non-commercial use.

The site topography was created by drawing over an image exported from Google Earth and so the dimensions and proportions are for conceptual illustrative purposes and not fully accurate.

Click on the images to view Larger versions:

Model 2D 1

Arial view of the entire heritage park as it would look from Glasgow Science Centre Tower. A bridge from Pacific Quay forms the gateway to the park and along a path flanked with grass and trees. At the bottom-left corner is a fenced nature reserve area.

Model 2D 2

Drydock 3 accommodating house boats and flats/commercial units along Govan Road. in the foreground a large shaft that exists in the quay has been converted into a pond with rafts for plants and birds.

Model 2D 3

Arial view of the canting Basin and nature reserve area in the foreground from the West side of the park. Fenced nature reserve with bird pond behind the canting basin.

Model 2D 4

Drydock 3 and market huts on the quay. A bridge has been included joining the quays across the middle of the dry dock.

Model 2D 5

Pump house building (visitor centre) and a floating bar in drydock 1. A decked area on 2 levels at the head of the dry dock.

Model 2D 6

Arial view over the dry docks. Marquees to accommodate exhibitions are on the quay between drydocks 1 and 2. A restored ship as a floating conference/banqueting facility and restaurant in drydock 1

Model 2D 7

View of drydock 3 containing house boats, pontoons and floating gardens. On the left hand quay food stalls and on the right hand side block of flats with commercial units on the basement level opening onto the quay. Though not illustrated a stepped garden could be included on parts of the walls of this dock. The existing stairwells have been utilised for pontoon access.

Model 2D 8

A new quayside on the river Clyde and an open grass area behind the pump house for recreation.

Model 2D 9

House boats in the canting basin marina and a fenced nature reserve area with bird pond

Model 2D 010

Food stalls and picnic tables on the quay next to drydock 3

Heritage Park Petition

The pump house at Govan Graving Docks from Pacific Quay

The pump house at Govan Graving Docks from Pacific Quay

This is the “official” blog of the Heritage Park petition. Any other blogs claiming to be published on behalf of the petition organiser are false.

We request Glasgow City Council, along with other relevant stakeholders, look into the possibility of renovating the Govan Graving Docks at Clydebrae Street in Glasgow to create a shipbuilding heritage park on the site. As much as possible of the existing dock structure should be retained, including the renovation of the pump house building as a café and visitor centre.

The site is Category-A listed and identified in the Register for Scotland as being at risk. It is a significant part of the city’s industrial heritage however since closing down it has fallen into disrepair through years of neglect. It consists of three large drydocks that were capable of accommodating the largest ships in the world when they were built. The dock walls are of solid granite and despite showing much cosmetic wear they are likely to be structurally intact.

Most other docks in Glasgow have been filled in to make way for modern developments and this is one of the few remaining docks on the Clyde, apart from those still in operation, that have not been completely filled and built over. As such any modern developments that would destroy the character of the site should be ruled out.

A shipbuilding heritage park would be a major tourist attraction for Glasgow and fit well with other redevelopments in the surrounding area such as Pacific Quay and the Riverside Museum.

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/glasgow-city-council-restore-govan-graving-docks-in-glasgow-to-create-a-shipbuilding-heritage-park-savegovandocks

Further information on the site is available at http://www.buildingsatrisk.org.uk/details/909298