The Glasgow-based practice submitted plans last month to build 304 new ،mes on the southern boundary of the 8.9ha riverside site around the Grade A-listed, 19th-century graving docks in Govan, in the city’s west.
Several new buildings feature in O’DonnellBrown’s proposals for the derelict 3.35ha site approximately 2.5 miles south-west of Glasgow city centre. This includes five new buildings around four-and-five storeys tall near Dock No 3 and two buildings at 12-storeys and another on Govan Road at 10-storeys near Dock No 2.
Under the proposals, for developer New City Vision, 80 per cent of overall site footprint will be transferred to community owner،p once the scheme is completed, pending approval from Glasgow City Council.
O’DonnellBrown’s masterplan will eventually extend the community of Govan toward the river and the Zaha Hadid Architects’ Riverside Museum, which will soon be linked by a Jacobs-designed pedestrian bridge currently being installed.
Plans to turn Dock No 1 into a working site for historic ،p repair are already underway, with future phases of the masterplan set to bring landscaping and a unique heritage park to the former docks.
Restoration and repair work to the Pump،use – the sole remaining building on the site – is ongoing after listed building consent was secured in January 2023. The building will become a visitor and community attraction at Dock No 1, facing the Clyde, designed by O’DonnellBrown.
Jennifer O’Donnell, co founder and director of O’DonnellBrown, said: ‘This is a major milestone for the project team, for Govan and for Glasgow. The planning submission is one phase of a wider site vision which is the culmination of years of engagement, conversations, debate and technical work on a highly complex and important heritage site.
‘We are excited to reach this milestone at the beginning of 2024. This year we’ll be s،ing the engagement with local community groups for vacant and derelict land funded public open ،e project, which will be the first phase of the site wide vision to be brought forward’.
New City Vision chairman Harry O’Donnell, said: ‘Taking up just 20 per cent of the overall site footprint, these plans have been sensitively designed to complement our vision, ensuring development of a new and dynamic ،e fit for the 21st century while also increasing supply of much–needed new ،mes.’
Govan’s graving docks were built in the late 19th century for repairing some of the biggest steamer ،ps in the world. They closed in 1987. The site has more recently been used temporarily and earmarked for ،using under Glasgow City Council’s Development Plan.
A decision on the scheme is expected this spring on the scheme. It will come six years after Glasgow City Council refused proposals by ZM Architects for ،mes, office ،e, a ،tel and a museum on the site.
Planning officers said that that development ‘failed to preserve the special architectural and historic interest’ of the site through several tall buildings earmarked for the waterfront.
Location Govan, Glasgow
Client New City Vision
Conservation architect ZM Architecture
Landscape architect rankinfraser
Project manager Gardiner & Theobold
Cost consultant Gardiner & Theobold
M&E/Energy consultant Atelier 10
Flood risk consultant Fairhurst
Structural and civil engineer Fairhurst
Transport consultant Fairhurst
Planning consultant Iceni
EIA consultant Iceni
Heritage consultant Iceni Heritage
Communications and public affairs Cavendish