The Traditional Shopfront Improvement Grant Scheme (TSIG) is another important aspect of the THI programme and an incredibly exciting opportunity to really improve the appearance and prosperity of the shops and streets of central Govan. The TSIG Scheme offers grant to shop owners to reinstate the original scale, proportion and details of Govan’s shopfronts – restoring them to their former glory. With lots more people expected to be in and around Govan on a daily basis when the new river crossing and housing at Water Row gets underway from 2020, the time has never been better to make the most of Govan’s shopfronts and encourage more residents, businesses and visitors to choose Govan as a place to live, work and visit.
The positive effect of THI funded shopfront improvements can already be seen in Langlands Road and at the Water Row shops and Café 13 at Govan Cross, which together have added cosmopolitan café culture, more local jobs and higher quality goods and services to the town centre. As well as full-scale shopfront reinstatements, smaller improvements that use a creative approach to signage, decoration and window displays will also be encouraged through the TSIG Scheme, as small changes can make a big difference to local street quality and wellbeing.
Improved Shopfronts are coming…
From spring 2020 you will start to see the impact of the shopfront improvements on our streets. At least 15 shops along Govan Road and Burleigh Street are due to undergo enhancements that will see them return to the traditional proportions and quality design that used to characterise Govan’s streets.
Status: Active – Phase 1 – 26 Shopfronts
Est: Site start Feb 20
Completion: Oct 20
Phase 2 – Invitations to Register TBC
Grant Budget: £850,000
Timescale: October 2017 – March 2021.
Funders: Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland, Glasgow City Council, Private Owner contributions.
Project Team: Govan Cross THI Team