Riverside park and active travel route planned at Govan Graving Docks

Riverside park and active travel route planned at Govan Graving Docks

A masterplan of the Govan Graving Docks courtesy of O'DonnellBrown Architects

Plans to deliver a new community park and active travel route along Glasgow’s riverside at the Govan Graving Docks are set to undergo public consultation.

The consultation marks the latest step in the project timeline for the regeneration of the historic docks after proposals were announced last year that would see the site transformed into a thriving community space, complete with new homes, a visitor centre and historic ship repair in the first dry dock.

Members of the public are invited to input their ideas into the design of a new green space for the community, and a new active travel route that would offer uninterrupted connectivity of the southern riverside from east to west.

Workshops to collate initial ideas will be held on 25 May at the Riverside Hall between 2:30pm – 4:30pm and The Pearce Institute between 5:30p, – 7:30pm. A second public exhibition on 24 August will be held at the same venues and will allow the local community to view informed design proposals drawn up by the project team.

The announcement follows the award £2.4m of Scottish Government funding to Glasgow City Council, through the Scottish Government’s Vacant and Derelict Land Investment Programme, to create a new green space for the community by 2025 that would increase investment, reverse biodiversity loss and habitat decline and create a visitor attraction.

Deirdre Gaughan, local resident and chairperson of Central Govan Action Plan (CGAP), said: “This is an exciting time for Govan with projects like the redevelopment of Water Row and construction of the new bridge across the Clyde due for completion within the next year.

“We’ve waited a long time but we are now seeing some positive change. It’s important that we keep moving forward and there would be no better way to do that than to deliver the regeneration of Govan Graving Docks which has been a priority for decades.

“The funding that has been secured by the council is a really important first step to unlock redevelopment of the Docks. CGAP are determined to ensure that the community are at the heart of decisions about the redevelopment and long-term management of the site and we have arranged these events to allow people to have their say. We would invite local people of all ages to drop in and let the design team know their thoughts to ensure that the open spaces created within the Docks will be used and loved by the people of Govan for many years to come.”

Harry O’Donnell, chairman of New City Vision, said: “The riverside park and active travel routes are critical components in our vision for the docks as a thriving hub of activity for the community and city. Driving our vision is a desire to reconnect the city with the docks, creating opportunities for local residents and visitors alike to engage with the site enshrined in so much of the city’s history.

“Both of these elements will allow us to deliver this reconnection both figuratively and literally. The riverside park will provide a new green space for people to enjoy, while the active travel route from east to west will vastly improve accessibility on the riverside.

“To ensure the long-term vibrancy of the site, it is essential that the design proposals reflect the aspirations and desires of those who will use it, and we look forward to consulting members of the public and other interested stakeholders as we look to co-design the proposals. We believe that this approach will help to ensure that the site remains a cherished and vital part of the city’s heritage for generations to come.”

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