Our community consultation, ‘Govan Voices’, is a grass roots initiative exploring and amplifying what the people of Govan’s priorities are, and how the community sees what happens with the Govan Graving Docks impacting the area.

This National Lottery funded consultation gathers and documents the views of the community about what should be done to regenerate the Govan Graving Docks. This follows on from the initial consultation work that has already been done by the Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative.


A vital part of this process is to gauge public awareness, as well as find out what people want to happen next. You can give your opinion on the online questionnaire below:

Guided Walks

We are currently running a series of free guided walks over the summer of 2019. These walks are informative – discussing the history of Govan, developments and proposals, and issues which our consultation is finding are important to the public.

The walks are an opportunity for an open conversation among the tour group. Book a free spot on the link below:

Our consultation process involves conversations with:

  1. Residents of Govan, Glasgow and further
  2. Local organisations in Govan
  3. Businesses in Govan
  4. Organisations throughout Glasgow and the Clyde region
  5. The maritime industry
  6. National bodies

We also hold mini-charrette type events, to build the conversation about how the public areas of the Govan Graving Docks site can be developed, in parallel with the proposals to bring the dry docks back into use for ship repair.

Student Architecture Competition 

We are holding an exhibition of architecture design submissions for the Govan Graving Docks. This exhibition will be on 8th June 2019, from 11.00 till 16.00, with the prize giving at 15.30. It will be held in the Pearce Institute, Mary Barbour Suite, 840 Govan Rd, G51 3UU.

CDPI initiated a design competition for final year architecture students to produce concepts and ideas for how Govan Graving Docks could be regenerated. Govan Docks Regeneration Trust will be including the work that the students produce in our conversations and events looking at the future of the docks.

Even if the bid from Jim McColl and Ferguson Marine to bring the docks back into use for ship repair is successful, it will be important for Govan Docks Regeneration Trust to continue the conversation about what would happen if the docks were ever to close down again. We hope and are optimistic that will never happen – but if it did then our aim would be to ensure the docks never again fall into the hands of speculative property developers. This would mean looking at alternative uses for the dry docks, suitable funding models to maintain them in working order while mothballed and potentially looking at options for community ownership. The design competition will be critical to help inform that conversation.

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