New City Vision

Plans submitted for housing-led regeneration of Govan’s Graving Docks

Govan Graving DocksProposals to build more than 700 homes at Govan’s Graving Docks have moved forward with the submission of a planning application by the developers.

ZM Architecture and New City Vision unveiled plans in March to bring the site back into use after 40 years of dereliction with the creation of 750 homes in a series of buildings ranging from four to 15 storeys in height.

Following a public consultation, plans for the area now include up to 800 homes, a hotel, shops, restaurants and office space.

The proposal extends the Clyde Walkway at an area currently closed to the public and there will be heritage centre telling the story of the docks.

Peter Richardson, director of ZM Architecture, which is developing the masterplan for the project, said: “It’s a real privilege to work on the development of one of the most historic and iconic sites on the River Clyde.

“The Graving Docks were once a thriving part of the Clydeside and our proposal builds on that heritage and will totally transform this into a great place to live, work and relax.

“We believe that our plans for the Graving Docks will not only play a key role in reinvigorating this part of Govan’s waterfront, they will be a catalyst for positive economic and social change through valuable long-term jobs and high quality and affordable housing.”

Developers could not give an exact figure for the number of homes to be built but the site is zoned for housing in the Glasgow City Development Plan for up to 800 homes.

At least 100 of the new properties will be affordable housing.

The multi-million pound development will create jobs and training opportunities for up to 1500 people over a construction period of up to 10 years.

New City Vision said a significant proportion of construction jobs – and later in hospitality and retail – will go to local people.

Harry O’Donnell, chairman of New City Vision, said: “The rejuvenation of the proposed public space will embrace the proud shipbuilding history of the Graving Docks. The new spaces will extend the Clyde walkway for walkers and cyclists and open up the riverside in Govan after being inaccessible to the public and the local community for more than four decades.

“The plans also feature a heritage centre that will tell the story of the iconic docks, which was a key part of Clydeside shipbuilding from the 1860s right up until the late 1980s.”

Key features of the Category A-listed site include three large “graving docks” – dry docks for repairing and maintaining ships.

The design proposes building adjacent to these unique shipbuilding features.

It is proposed that two out of the three docks will remain filled with water, with areas for moored houseboats and other leisure uses.

The third will be maintained as a dry dock to allow people to safely experience the dock floor.

Historic capstans and lampposts will be restored and retained and original chain and protective barrier rails will be re-installed.

The Quays will also provide moorings, pontoons and access to the Clyde via a new slip.

Plans revealed for 750 homes at Govan Graving Docks

Govan Graving DocksFresh proposals have been unveiled for a housing-led regeneration of Glasgow’s Graving Docks.

ZM Architecture and New City Vision hope to bring the site back into use after 40 years of dereliction with the creation of 750 homes in a series of buildings ranging from four to 15 storeys in height.

It is envisaged that 100 of the homes will be made available at mid-market rents with the remainder offered for private sale and rent.

Included in this mix would be a number of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants – possibly in the form of small, lightweight, dockside pavilions with the option of introducing a hotel and offices also being explored.

Comprising three dry docks and associated piers, Govan Graving Docks was built in stages from 1869 by the Clyde Navigation Trust.

The Buildings at Risk Register describes it as an “outstanding complex, unique in Scotland”.

New City Vision plans to restore the individual docks and connect the site to the nearby Glasgow Science Centre with a new public footbridge.

In a statement, the developers said: “There will be public access anywhere without buildings – that’s over 80% of the site, including the water in the docks. “The areas around the three docks, the basin and the river will all have public access. There’s a huge opportunity to use them for different things; going for a walk, community gardens, natural river edges, café kiosks, play areas, tai chi, restoring old boats – or just sitting and enjoying the view.”

A planning in principle application for the waterfront site is expected to be filed in April.

Ministers ‘call in’ plans for 90 flats on North Kelvin Meadow

North Kelvin MeadowPlans to develop 90 flats on North Kelvin Meadow in Glasgow’s west end have been ‘called in’ by Scottish ministers.

Formerly council-run football pitches and tennis courts, the meadows fell into disrepair in the early 90s but over the last 20 years residents have planted seeds, built treehouses and renovated buildings and the land is currently used by schools, nurseries and playgroups as well as locals engaging in outdoor learning.

The £10 million proposal from developers New City Vision, which was approved by Glasgow City Council last month, would see the area bulldozed.

However, the council has also, in principle, backed a proposal from campaigners who have maintained the land to continue to use it as a public green space.

Ministers will now be left to make the final decision as to whether the flats development plans will go ahead.

A reporter from the Department of Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) has been appointed to investigate the potential impact the loss of the green space would have and whether the project conflicts with planning policies.

A community group who are opposed to the plans have said that they will be requesting a public inquiry.

6,000 people have signed a petition to save the space with various high-profile names supporting the campaign including comedian Frankie Boyle, Franz Ferdinand drummer Paul Thomson and Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson.

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “Scottish Ministers have called in the application.

“Scottish Government officials have written to advise Glasgow City Council of this and the council is now required to refer the application to Scottish Ministers.

“Scottish Ministers will make the final decision on this case following the submission of a report and recommendations from a DPEA reporter.”

Planning permission given for two competing plans for Glasgow meadow

North Kelvin MeadowGlasgow City Council has approved plans to allow a developer to build 90 new flats at North Kelvin Meadow but has also given volunteers a chance to preserve the “community-created” green space.

The meadows were council-run football pitches and tennis courts that fell into disrepair in the early 90s. Over the last 20 years residents have planted seeds, built treehouses and renovated buildings and the meadow is now much used by local nurseries and families.

The £10 million proposal from developers New City Vision would see the area bulldozed under plans to the new flats.

However, the council has also, in principle, backed a proposal from campaigners who have maintained the land to continue to use it as a public green space.

The decision means the council’s executive committee must now make a judgment on both plans. It also means the Scottish Government will likely get involved and call in the New City Vision plan for closer scrutiny.

During the planning meeting last week, the chair of the Children’s Wood charity that runs the meadow, Emily Cutts, told councillors: “We have a strong local community that are behind this space. Our city’s motto is ‘People make Glasgow’. It’s initiatives like the Children’s Wood that make people want to live here.”

A council spokesman said the new flats were needed: “The approval of this planning application from New City Vision will deliver both much-needed family homes in the West End and improve the North Kelvinside pitches facility, as well as a substantial receipt for the public purse in a time of unprecedented financial constraints for local government.”