More people are choosing to live within an urban environment, and Glasgow will require a projected estimate of 47.000 new housing units by 2030. Strategically placing this (incrementally achieved) new density is important for the continued success of Glasgow, and implementing this in a sustainable manner is crucial for our collective future.

Glasgow has a history of regeneration attempts fuelled by its post-industrial identity crisis but certain areas have always been vibrant – filled with activity and civic purpose. These successful centres exude a radius of influence in terms of diversity, density, connectivity and quality of place. The area targeted for development is currently low density sprawl, with a large amount of industrial units and vacant sites. The original community and their existing homes will be integrated where possible, not displaced, with higher density [truly] affordable housing taking place of any units lost. For the masterplan to be successful it must focus on diversity, community stewardship and social inclusion – shared space streets in residential neighbourhoods are  a ways of encouraging this.

The proposed route would function as a gateway for the community to the new waterfronts and to the rest of the city. The Graving Docks of Govan are a symbol of the heritage of the river Clyde, the city of Glasgow and the community of Govan . Incorporating this site in the masterplan acknowledges this importance and gives an at-risk site new purpose. The new public square will have waterfront access via canting basin, and the site will also hold a community centre.

To view the final boards, follow the links below:

Future Glasgow: “New Govan / River Gateway” Masterplan Board 1

Future Glasgow: “New Govan / River Gateway” Masterplan Board 2


Justine Ramage