Govan Cross refurbishment

  • Public realm improvements at Govan Cross complete
  • Public realm improvements at Govan Cross
  • Public realm improvements at Govan Cross complete

Lead Partner: Glasgow City Council, Central Govan Action Plan

Other Partners: Govan Cross Shopping Centre, Strathclyde Partnership Transport Central Govan Action Plan Team

Project History
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  • Groundworks at Govan Cross
  • Refurbishment of Govan Cross commences
  • Govan Cross transport terminal
  • Refurbishment of Govan Cross coompletes
  • Public realm improvements at Govan Cross


Greater Govan & Glasgow Harbour, Govan


Major public realm improvements are now complete at Govan Cross, creating a vibrant, attractive civic space and entrance way to the heart of Govan. The improvements, which are part of Central Govan Action Plan, represent a £2 million pound investment. Three sites have been improved: the Square and the forecourts of both the shopping centre and the Underground Station.

The Aitken Memorial Fountain has been fully restored and reinstated as part of the planned works. The original Govan Baby (pdf opens in new window), the missing cherub that once graced the top of the cast iron structure, has been unexpectedly found and reunited with the rest of the fountain.

Improvements to Govan Cross include new paving, lighting, seating and planting, all in top quality materials to reflect the historical significance of Govan and its potential to once again play an important role in the life of the City.

Artist Kate Robinson has been working with local residents to capture ideas which are reflected in a series of engraved paving stones, an important feature of the redeveloped area. Find out more about the public art project on Facebook.

As well as providing an attractive civic space for gatherings and events, Govan Cross has the potential to be a major public transport node for the new South Glasgow Hospital, and a key pedestrian river crossing point connecting Govan to Glasgow Harbour, the new Riverside Museum and the River Clyde itself.

Funders include Glasgow City Council, Heritage Lottery, Govan Cross Shopping Centre. The works were made possible thanks to a £1 million contribution from Scottish Government's Town Centre Regeneration Fund.

Current status:

This first phase of public realm improvements is designed to boost Govan town centre's commercial and social success. Works are now complete and an opening ceremony took place on 1 June 2011.

A second phase of public realm improvement is planned  to upgrade Water Row, the Riverside Walkway and establish the infrastructure required to facilitate a ferry crossing.


March 2010 - June 2011