Fairfield Shipyard Offices

  • Fairfield Shipyard offices in Govan
  • Refurbishment of Fairfield Shipyard Offices

Lead Partner: Govan Workspace

Project History
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  • Refurbishment of Fairfield Shipyard Offices
  • Phase 1 of Fairfield Shipyard refurbishment
  • Phase 1 of Fairfield Shipyard Offices refurbishment
  • Phase 1 of Fairfield Shipyard refurbishment


Greater Govan & Glasgow Harbour, Govan


Having lain derelict for almost 10 years, the A-Listed Fairfield Shipyard Offices was saved from near terminal decline when in 2009 local economic development agency, Govan Workspace, raised £1.6m to undertake emergency repairs which were completed in 12 months. A second phase of works costing £4.4m and comprising the full restoration of the property began soon after and was completed summer 2013.

The refurbishment created a modern office complex of 12 suites amounting to 18,000 sq ft plus 3,000 sq ft of heritage space that will tell the story of shipbuilding in Govan.

The Fairfield shipyard opened in 1867 equipped with six shipbuilding berths and a fitting-out basin. The first ship was launched in 1868, and the engine and boiler works were completed in 1874. The yard was famous in the late 19th and early 20th century for producing passenger liners such as Cunard's SS Campania and Lucania, as well as naval ships such as HMS Indomitable. The Fairfield office building, which opened in 1890, was designed  by architect John Keppie, and served as the main offices for the yard until 2001.

Current status:

Having undergone major conversion work in 2011/12, the building is now open for business.


2009 - 2013