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Planning History of Govan Graving Docks

In 1989 the former Glasgow District Council served a repairs notice on Windex Ltd – the project lead for a proposed residential and commercial redevelopment of Govan Graving Docks that was refused planning consent in 1990.

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2507&dat=19891102&id=jUVAAAAAIBAJ&sjid=YFkMAAAAIBAJ&pg=1800,455450&hl=en

This sets a clear precedent that raises questions of why, despite continued deterioration of the site, Glasgow City Council will not serve a repairs notice on the developers who presently own the site.

Clear grounds for the serving of a repair notice are laid out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act

One of the reasons given by the council for not doing so is the risk that the council would be left with the liability for the site. However this was not a concern in 1989 so why is it a concern now?

Why is convenience a material factor in deciding which regulations are to be enforced?

This and many other issues are addressed in a damning 20-page report released by the Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative this week.

 

Govan Graving Docks Surveys – Have Your Say

The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative has launched three surveys this week on the future of Govan Graving Docks. The questionnaires can be found at http://cdpi.org.uk/govan_docks_surveys.htm

The three questionnaires include series of questions on:

  1. General questions on the future of the derelict dry dock site
  2. Feedback on proposals for specific parts of the site
  3. Views on the importance of strategic factors (heritage preservation, job creation, etc) relevant to the future of Govan Graving Docks

You can also join in an interactive conversation in the online forum at

Petition Signatures – Location Breakdown

The heritage park petition has now exceeded 7,000 signatures. The graph shows a breakdown of the signature numbers by location for:

  • Glasgow postcodes
  • Greater Glasgow
  • Rest of Scotland
  • Rest of UK and Ireland
  • International

The largest signature block (497 signatures) is from the G51 Govan area. Next in Glasgow is 284 from the G12 Partick area.

Click on the chart to view full size

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Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative Website

The Clyde Docks Preservation initiative has launched a new website today at www.cdpi.org.uk

The organisation will shortly be putting together a wide consultation on the future of Govan Graving Docks in Glasgow, Scotland and consolidating proposals for a shipbuilding heritage park.

For more information visit www.cdpi.org.uk

Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative is Looking for an Accountant and a Lawyer #SaveGovanDocks

The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative Limited is seeking to appoint an accountant and a corporate lawyer who can provide services, on a pro bono basis initially, to support the organisation’s efforts to secure the future of Govan Graving Docks as a heritage asset.

We may consider this as part of ongoing sponsorship deals with major accounting and/or law firms.

Accountants and corporate lawyers interested in working with us should in the first instance contact iain@cdpi.org.uk to enquire about arranging an initial meeting with our board of directors.

Statement by The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative Limited: Govan Graving Docks

The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative has been incorporated as a Limited by Guarantee (non-profit) company with the aim of working to secure and protect the future of Govan Graving Docks as a heritage asset.

While the organisation is focused purely on Govan Graving Docks at present, it may expand to support and raise the profile of wider maritime heritage assets on the Clyde in the future.

The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative Limited has issued a press release this afternoon and this has been circulated to several local and national newspapers and magazine publications.

Statement by The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Consultation on the Future of Govan Graving Docks

Glasgow, Scotland, Wed 17th June 2015

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

We wish 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 we 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 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.

Our 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 we wish 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 we can accommodate vessels in them.

We are also very concerned about the recent fires in the A-listed pump house building at the Graving Docks and while we understand the police and fire service have spoken to some of the youths involved, more needs to be done to secure this building against vandalism and further deterioration.

The CDPI is also interested in hearing from corporate sponsors and consultants that can support our objectives. We are also interested to hear from potential volunteers who can support the ongoing project to save the docks. We also need to raise funds to support our ongoing work.

The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative is a company Limited by Guarantee.

For more information or to get in touch with the Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative please contact iain@cdpi.org.uk

 

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)