Central Govan has a rich heritage and superb listed
buildings. The Central Govan Action Plan is working to
preserve the architectural legacy, to retain Govan's unique
landmarks and attractive character. The plan is to give buildings
and public spaces a new lease of life that will help contribute to
the social and economic vitality of the Govan community.
Central Govan was awarded conservation area status in May 2009
by Glasgow City Council in order to protect the surviving historic
urban form and to ensure that all future development is both
complementary and of the highest quality.
Local agencies are currently leading the development of a wide
variety of projects through the Central Govan Action Plan framework
and Govan Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative:
Street Enterprise Centre
The renovation of the former Orkney Street Police Station
was completed in summer 2009.
A multi-million pound, phased restoration programme
started in spring 2010 with the current phases completed in
The building has been refurbished and is now in use as office
Govan Old Parish
An option appraisal study investigating future sustainable uses
for the church was completed late in 2009.
One of the last surviving 1930's super cinemas in the UK, the
B-listed Lyceum was converted to a cinema and bingo hall in 1974
before closing its doors in 2006. From this time, the building has
lain empty and in an increasingly poor state of repair. Located on
a prominent position on Govan Road and in private ownership, there
are no firm plans for improvement in place but options continue to
be explored where possible.
Unfortunately, the building was the subject of a dangerous
building order during 2009. To maintain public safety Glasgow City
Council demolished Napier House in the same year.
The fountain was removed from Govan Cross in Spring 2010 restored
and replaced as part of the multi-million pound public realm
Water Row Archaeological Evaluation
As a precursor to the future development of the Water Row site an
archaeological evaluation was carried out in late 2007 with post
excavation analysis completed in Autumn 2009. Archaeologists
unearthed evidence of Govan's medieval past. Pottery pieces dating
back to the 15th century were discovered, as were substantial
remains of Reid Dye Works, the former ferry slipway and even two
pre-modern cottages not previously recorded on maps. The puzzle,
however, over the exact location of Doomster Hill, a 10th century
law hill and one of Govan's most important monuments, still remains