Regenerating Govan - a co-ordinated approach

Susan Hanlin of Glasgow South West Regeneration Agency talks about plans to refurbish central Govan by building new homes, improving Govan Cross and refurbishing local buildings.

Approx £120 million of public and private investment will be poured into Central Govan over the next ten years, as  part of a co-ordinated effort to stem the decline of the area and bring transformation to this area of Glasgow.

Known as the Central Govan Action Plan (or CGAP), the idea is to turn around the fortunes of the area by investing in its streets, buildings, public and green space. The plan includes new residential developments; public realm improvements; restoration and reuse of historic buildings; the creation of new and improved business, commercial and community space, as well as improvements to landscaping and movement throughout the town centre.



More than 500 new, mixed tenure homes are being built during 2009 and 2010 through a series of separate Housing Projects in central Govan. The investment of £68 million will boost the local population by more than 1800 people.


Public Realm

£2 million of public realm improvements begin at Govan Cross in Spring 2010 to create an attractive and vibrant civic space at the heart of the town centre. A further phase of improvements focusing on the waterfront at Water Row is planned later in 2010. This could include pontoon infrastructure that will facilitate a ferry link from Govan to the North bank including the New Riverside Museum and Glasgow Harbour.


Townscape Heritage Initiative

Preserving and promoting Central Govan's rich heritage, particularly its surviving listed buildings, is a key priority, so Govan Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative forms a key part of the Central Govan Action Plan. Funded by Heritage Lottery and Glasgow City Council, this grant-giving programme focuses particularly on the restoration and preservation of key heritage features at Govan Cross, using the improvements to re-establish Central Govan's unique character and to improve the town centre's commercial prospects and quality of life.


Historic Buildings

Govan's long and varied history means there is a wealth of Historic Buildings in the area. Work to preserve and refurbish these is already well underway. Govan's origins date back to dark ages and the Govan Old Parish Church and Churchyard provide an important link to its roots. There are also shipyard offices and public buildings that date from the town's ship building heyday in the 19th century and are now recognized as part of a heritage that should be preserved.


Regeneration in Greater Govan

The Central Govan action plan is one link in a whole chain of regeneration plans around the Great Govan area. Major developments on either side of Govan are the Digital media quarter at Pacific Quay (to the East) and the new South Glasgow Hospital Campus (to the West). Both these projects are expected to generate significant employment opportunities and demand for housing in the area.


About CGAP

Central Govan Action Plan is a ten year programme to make Central Govan attractive, vibrant and prosperous, a place where people wish to live, work, visit and invest.

The Central Govan Action Plan is led by the Central Govan Action Plan Steering Group.

Partners include Glasgow City Council; Glasgow South West Regeneration Agency; Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Trust; Govan Housing Association; Elderpark Housing Association; Clydeview Local Housing Partnership; Govan Workspace; Strathclyde Partnership Transport; elected members and community representatives.


Susan Hanlin
South West Glasgow Regeneration Agency

0141 440 2334

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