Titan Crane wins top civic award

23 Mar 2009

The century-old Clydebank Titan Crane has come out top in the Civic Trust 50th Anniversary Awards winning the first-ever "Scotland Placemaking Award"  at the Emirates Stadium in London.

Recently opened as a heritage visitor attraction, the "A" listed Titan Crane was singled out by the judges for its "innovative restoration" and its night time computerised coloured lighting scheme which brings the crane to life as "a powerful emblem of the regeneration of the area"

The Titan won two awards - the prestigious Civic Trust Award and, against 48 other entries,  the new special "Scotland Placemaking" Civic Trust Award, sponsored by The Scotland Government

Scotland's Minister of Culture, Michael Russell MSP said "The first winner of the special award for placemaking , the Titan Crane in Clydebank, illustrates how a creative approach to conserving heritage can enrich the unique character of a community.

"The Titan Crane is an inspiring and long lasting example of how a sympathetic approach to cultural and historic aspects of spatial development can enhance the creation of new places in Scotland".

Eleanor McAllister, managing director of Clydebank Re-built, the urban regeneration company for the town which initiated the £3 million Titan restoration said:

 "These awards are another great recognition for Clydebank and for our work in restoring the Titan, the oldest shipbuilding crane of its kind in the world

 "Winning both the Civic Trust Award and the Scotland Placemaking Award is a very special achievement and recognises the innovative design of Collective Architecture in restoring the crane and creating a lift access for visitors to the top of the Crane that respects this iconic heritage structure on the River Clyde"

The Civic Trust awards are the third major award for the Titan.  Last  year the Titan won an international architectural award from the Chicago Athenaeum, Museum of Architecture and Design.

The Titan was built in 1907 at a cost of £24,600 by Sir William Arrol & Co and could handle loads of up to 150 tons and later 200 tons, essential for John Browns Shipyards to build and fit out the world's biggest liners and battleships last century..

Restoration work on the Clydebank Titan took two years.  The architects were Collective Architecture of Glasgow and the main contractor was Maclean & Speirs, also from Glasgow.    The project was funded by Scottish Enterprise Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire Council, Scottish Government, Historic Scotland and the European Regional Development Fund.

The Titan is the only "A" listed building in Clydebank and is now all that remains of the former John Brown's shipyards, once renowned for building the biggest liners, including the Queens, last century.  The shipyards site below the crane has been renamed Queens Quay and is currently undergoing major redevelopment.  The first project on the site was the new Clydebank College.

Since the Titan opened to the public in August 2007, over 13,000 visitors have already taken the lift 150 feet up to the top of the Titan, seen the old workings of the crane and the exhibition in the wheelhouse, and  from the jib platform enjoyed the views over the Clyde and the surrounding countryside.

 The Titan Crane is open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 10 am till 5pm from 1st May till 5th October 2009.       


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