THI Projects

Govan Cross THI would love to repair and restore every historic building in central Govan, however it simply isn’t possible. Therefore, in order to make best use of the available funds, we had to determine what buildings should be prioritised for grant funding.

Together with our funders we identified four buildings and two structures, alongside a number of shopfronts. These buildings were chosen according to their architectural significance and level of need and are concentrated around Govan Cross, the historic heart of Govan, in order to maximise impact. We call these our ‘Priority Projects’. They are:

Community Ceramics Project

This is your chance to learn about the use of ceramics in traditional buildings and, even better, to try your hand at making your own tiles and mosaics. If things go to plan we may even be able to commission … Continued

Govan ‘Then and Now’ Photography Project

Using creative photography and digital imagery, the ‘Then and Now’ project will aim to create a series of images that best depict the Govan of old, Govan today and even the Govan of tomorrow, as a way of getting people … Continued

Let’s Talk Shop

Let’s Talk Shop is a creative learning project examining the heritage of Govan through its high street. The project was designed and delivered by Geraldine Greene for Govan Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative and is funded by Glasgow City Council and the … Continued

Govan Book of Memories

The Govan Book of Memories will be an interactive, involving and completely unique document, telling the significant, the forgotten and the inspiring memories of Govan. It will show off the local secrets and stories that make Govan a place to … Continued

The Pearce Statue

The statue of Sir William Pearce – known locally as ‘The Black Man’ – occupies a prominent position on the gushet of Burleigh Street and Govan Road, across from the Pearce Institute. The statue was designed by Edward Onslow Ford … Continued

Traditional Shopfront Improvement Scheme

The ‘Traditional Shopfront Improvement Scheme’ is another important aspect of the THI programme and an incredibly exciting opportunity to really improve the appearance and prosperity of central Govan. The scheme proposes to reinstate the original scale, proportion and details of … Continued

Brechin’s Bar & Cardell Halls

Brechin’s Bar is a Category B listed building located on a prominent gusset site within the Govan Conservation Area, at the junction of Burleigh Street and Govan Road. It was built in 1894 in Scots Baronial style and comprises a … Continued

1 Water Row

Number 1 Water Row is an important, A-listed, red sandstone tenement building that occupies a prominent site on Govan Cross at the corner of Water Row and Govan Road. It was designed in 1899 by James Salmon & Son and … Continued

The Aitken Memorial Fountain

The Aitken Memorial Fountain is a well known and much loved landmark of Govan Cross. It was created in 1884 and is the only surviving example of the decorative, cast iron drinking fountains produced by Cruikshanks & Co.’s foundry at … Continued

5 – 9 Water Row

5-9 Water Row is an impressive B-listed, red sandstone tenement building that occupies a prominent site in the heart of Govan Conservation Area. It was built for the YMCA in 1897 and comprises two shops on ground floor level and … Continued

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