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.

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