Crane diner plan is good enough to eat!

26 Feb 2007

Evening Times, by Ross McKinnon

Ambitious plans to house a restaurant at the top of Glasgow's Finnieston Crane have taken a huge step forward.

Owners Clydeport say they have had more talks with the city council and have now developed a more detailed proposal which also includes putting offices in the A-listed landmark.

And it looks like the firm will win the support of council bosses and architecture watchdogs at Historic Scotland.

The Evening Times first revealed details of the innovative and exciting plan last September.

Now Clydeport is carrying out a feasibility study to ensure the giant cantilever crane could be successfully developed into what would be a unique dining experience with fine views over the River Clyde.

A spokeswoman for Clydeport said: "We have had further meetings with Glasgow City Council regarding plans to develop the Finnieston Crane into a restaurant with office buildings looking on to the Clyde - and the response has been positive.

"We believe such a development would further enhance an area that has seen major redevelopment.

"The crane is an A-listed building and, while we have been told Historic Scotland are in principle happy with the concept, we are currently conducting a full feasibility study into the development to ensure any work carried out complies with appropriate regulations."

A major Glasgow hotel has already expressed an interest in developing the crane which is in a prime location.

There are only 15 surviving cantilever structures like the Finnieston Crane in Britain, seven of which are in Scotland.

It was built in 1931 at a cost of £69,000 and had a lifting capacity of 175 tons - used to transport engines and boilers onto newly built ships.

Ranald MacInnes, principal inspector with Historic Scotland, said: "The Finnieston Crane is a much-loved Glasgow landmark.

"As with many listed buildings, the owners want to find a new use that will see it become useful and productive once more - only in this case it is significantly different from its original purpose.

"We are happy to continue working with Glasgow City Council to ensure that this is done without detracting from this iconic piece of engineering heritage."

A council spokeswoman said: "We've had initial talks and await Clydeport's formal application to be submitted to the planning department - which we will consider."


Reproduced by kind permission Ross McKinnon

  • Finnieston Crane at night with SECC

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