Water Row

A Masterplan is being drawn up for Govan’s prime riverside site at Water Row. Led by Central Govan Action Plan, Govan Housing Association and the Council, the Masterplan will look at the potential for a whole new development at Water Row, including new housing, community, commercial and leisure uses. It will be shaped with and by the local community.

Water Row, by dint of the site’s rich heritage, distinct character and first-rate riverside location, is one of Govan’s greatest assets in regeneration terms and one of the most exciting development opportunities in the city at the present time. Development offers the potential to re-establish a positive relationship between Govan and the river it grew from and to create a lively focal point for Govan as a popular riverside town within the city.  An appealing mix of residential, community, commercial and leisure uses will put Water Row at the heart of Govan’s community life. The waterfront hub will become a magnet for visitors as well as a key business location at the centre of the proposed West End and Waterfront Innovation District, helping to unleash new enterprise and activity to regenerative effect. Development will seek to capitalise on the site’s many unique assets for the benefit of the Govan community, including its rich history, unsurpassed water front location, exceptional surrounding historic buildings, nearby visitor attractions at Govan Old and the Riverside Museum, and the planned Govan-Partick footbridge to be brought forward via the Glasgow City Region City Deal.

Water Row has had little use for decades, being the former site of the Harland and Wolff Shipyard which was closed and demolished 40 years ago. Now the Masterplan will bring forward plans for new housing, business and leisure space and an exemplar district heating scheme using renewable energy technology that sources heat from the River Clyde. A similar scheme by STAR Renewables is currently being piloted at the Gorbals and promises significant energy bill savings for the residents and businesses who are part of the scheme alongside lower overall carbon emissions.

Work on the Masterplan got underway in November 2017, with draft site layouts expected to be ready by late summer 2018. It is anticipated that Govan Housing Association will provide up to 100 mid-market homes to rent and 32 for social rent. The first phase of development is expected to start in late 2019 and cost around £17million to build.

The Masterplan for Water Row is being brought forward in tandem with exciting proposals to redevelop Govan Old and to build a new bridge across the River Clyde at Water Row. As a new gateway to Govan from the West End, the bridge will form an important part of an attractive new route enabling thousands of pedestrians and cyclists to travel easily throughout the waterfront area and beyond. With Govan at the hub of journeys, the increased activity will bring renewed life blood to Govan town centre and will increase demand for new housing, community and commercial space throughout Govan. New development at Govan Old seeks to utilise the national significance of the A-listed building (formerly a church) and its internationally acclaimed collection of medieval monuments, the Govan Stones, to develop the location as an important enterprise and cultural hub on Govan’s waterfront. Seeking to capitalise on its close proximity to the bridge and the 1,000,000 visitors to the Riverside Museum each year, Govan Old will be a vital landmark and destination on Govan’s rejuvenated waterfront.

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Key Facts:

Status: Active

Cost: £50,000 (Masterplan only)

Timescale: Masterplan: Start – November 17. Complete – Summer 2018

Phase 1: Start – Autumn 2019. Complete – Spring 2021

Funders: Glasgow City Council, Central Govan Action Plan, Govan Housing Association

Project Partners: Govan Housing Association, Central Govan Action Plan, Glasgow City Council

Project Design Team: Collective Architecture, Brown & Wallace, Carbon Futures, Rankin Fraser, Scott Bennet Associates