Lead Partner: Clydebank Re-built
Project Team: Collective Architecture
Armours Quantity Surveyors
Maclean and Speirs
Project HistoryClick an image to enlarge
Clydebank & Erskine, Queens Quay
Clydebank's A-listed Titan Crane has been refurbished as a
visitor attraction and major local landmark. The crane was designed
by Sir William Arrol, for Clyde shipyards, and is one of 4
remaining on the River Clyde.
The giant 150-ton cantilever crane was erected around 1907 on
the west side of the fitting-out basin of the John Brown shipyard
in Clydebank. The refurbishment has been carried out in time to
celebrate its 100 anniversary. The crane was used to lift the
engines and boilers into numerous warships, as well as vessels like
the Lusitania, Queen Mary, Britannia and the QE2.
The crane is the focus of Clydebank Re-built's plans to
regenerate the Clydebank waterfront. Visitors are able to take the
lift to the top of the 150 feet giant crane and walk along the
jib. They will be able to see stunning views of the Clyde and
the surrounding landscape. And there is a chance,
through modern technology, to go back in time to John Brown's
shipyards in the 1930's and l960's and relive the launches of the
Queen Mary and QE2.
The visitor centre was completed and opened in 2007. In 2008 the
Project won the international architecture award, The Chicago
Athenaeum Award. In 2009 the Crane won the Scotland Placemaking
Award from the Civic Trust. 2009 Season Opening Times, each Fri,
Sat, Sun and Mon from May 1st to Oct 5th. In June 2011 a new Education and
Visitor Centre was added to provide a cafe, exhibition space
and facilities for education.
Opened Aug 07
Between 2003 and 2014 Clyde Waterfront was a strategic
partnership comprising the Scottish Government, Scottish
Enterprise, Glasgow City, Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire
Councils. Its purpose was to promote the economic, social and
environmental regeneration of 13 miles of the River Clyde from
Glasgow city centre to Dumbarton.