What is Govan Cross Townscape Heritage?
Govan Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative (GCTHI) aims to regenerate Central Govan by investing in and promoting its unique and rich heritage.
The first five year phase of this, £46 million initiative commenced in September 2009 and completed in January 2015 was funded by Glasgow City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
A second five year phase is expected to begin in summer 2016, subject to successful funding applications to both Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland (HES).
As a grant giving programme, GCTHI offers grant support to preserve and enhance the appearance of Govan Cross by:
- Repairing and maintaining the buildings and features that give Govan Cross its architectural character and distinct sense of place;
- Ensuring that historic buildings have uses that contribute to the economic and social vitality of the Govan Community; and
- Promoting opportunities for people to learn about and appreciate the exceptional events, buildings and people that have shaped this historic place.
Phase 1 Projects
Completed Phase 1 GCTHI projects include:
- Phase 1 - Roof Repair to the Pearce Institute
- Govan Cross Public Realm Improvements - Phase 1, The Square
- Aitken Memorial Fountain Restoration
- William Pearce Statue restoration
- Traditional Shop Front Improvements - Cafe13 on Govan Road and shops at Water Row and Langlands Road
- Comprehensive building repairs to the Water Row Tenements, Cardell Halls and Brechins Bar
- Plus a range of training and learning projects: The "Onlyin Govan" book; Let's Talk Shop School project; Mosaic Entranceways and Wally closes Community Ceramics Projects; Pearce Statue and Aitken Fountain Interpretation Leaflets
The plan builds on many of the advantages and features of the area.
- A rich cultural and built heritage dating from ancient times to 19th Century Shipbuilding Industry
- Proximity to both the City Centre, the Clyde and major employment clusters the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Pacific Quay, SECC and Glasgow University
- excellent transport links, including the subway and Clydewaterfront Fastlink.
For further information, please contact Govan Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative.