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Deterioration of the Pump House

Deterioration of the pump house at Govan Graving Docks

The image shows a large crack appearing above the left arch, just to the right of the key stone and the blocks are out of alignment by several centimetres. This may be due to subsidence. It may be that this will need to be scaffolded until permanent repairs can be carried out to prevent risk of a partial collapse of this wall. Click on the image to zoom in.

It appears that the site has been allowed to deteriorate, in a manner that clearly violates the regulations on maintenance of Grade-A listed sites, for which owners have statutory duty of care. This is what is stated on the Historic Scotland website:

What will happen if I don’t repair my listed building?

If you fail to keep a listed building in a reasonable state of repair, the planning authority may serve a Repairs Notice. If you fail to comply with this notice the planning authority, with the consent of the Scottish Ministers, may be entitled to acquire it through compulsory purchase.

If you deliberately neglect the building to justify its demolition and redevelopment of the site, the planning authority can buy the building at a price which excludes the value of the land for redevelopment.

Planning authorities are able to undertake urgent works to preserve an unoccupied listed building (or unoccupied parts of an occupied listed building), provided that the owner is given seven days notice of the intention. The cost of these urgent works can be reclaimed from the owner.

The images below show the state of the bank along the riverside behind the pump house where there has been erosion and partial collapse of the wall.

Deterioration of the river wall at Govan Graving Docks Deterioration of the river wall at Govan Graving Docks

Below a shaft in the floor of the pump house which has rusted and filled with waterpumphouse_shaft

There is also evidence of subsidence on other areas of the site and cracks showing in the quay wall opposite Pacific Quay.


Pump House Restoration Concept

3D rendering of restored pump house

3D rendering of restored pump house

Govan Graving Docks - Dry dock 1 and the pump house

Govan Graving Docks – Dry dock 1 and the pump house

A 3D rendering of what the pump house could look like if restored as the heritage park concept envisages. The quay to the east of the pump house could be kept free of permanent exhibits and installations and used for seasonal events, street performers, temporary outdoor exhibitions, etc.

Just a reminder here’s what it looks like at present:



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.


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