Progress made on the regeneration of Govan was outlined at a council meeting today (19 November).
There are a number of regeneration projects currently ongoing in Govan or contributing to the development of the area, including:
- The Central Govan Action Plan and the Govan Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative (which have together delivered £88million in targeted regeneration since 2006);
- The £114million Glasgow City Deal West End & Waterfront Innovation Quarter, with key local projects delivering public realm improvements in Central Govan, the forthcoming Govan-Partick bridge, active travel schemes, and a mixed-use development at Water Row;
In addition, Govan has benefited from significant levels of housing investment and development frameworks for both the Govan-Partick ‘district’ and the river corridor points the way to ensuring the area maximises its potential as part of a revitalised Clyde waterfront.
The council is working with the University of Glasgow to develop the Glasgow Riverside Innovation District (GRID), a riverside quarter connecting the University, Central Govan and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. The aims behind the development of the GRID are the attraction of high-value tech businesses and an educated workforce, and inclusive economic growth, social innovation and civic renewal for Govan.
As part of the GRID, the University of Glasgow is being supported by the council in the development of the Clyde Waterfront Innovation Campus (CWIC) on areas of vacant and derelict land at Linthouse Road and Holmfauld Road. The campus will be a centre of excellence for a range of new industries, co-locating industry and world-class research.
Other ongoing projects in Govan that the committee was told about included the redevelopment of the former Old Govan Parish Church (overseen by Govan Heritage Trust), the first stage repair works at Elder Park Library and the interest – led by Govan Housing Association – in converting the B listed former Lyceum cinema into a community-owned music venue.