Govan to receive lottery regeneration boost

26 Oct 2007

Today, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced earmarked* funding of almost £13million for the regeneration of 13 towns and cities from all four corners of the UK. These include Glasgow's Govan Cross, one of Scotland's most deprived areas and the setting of the BBC's 'Rab C Nesbitt' sitcom, the seaside town of Morecambe and the Port Street area in Evesham which recently suffered from serious flooding.

This money is part of HLF's hugely successful Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) which funds the regeneration of conservation areas of a town or city which have particularly suffered from social and economic problems. This latest round of decisions brings the total awarded through the scheme to over £170million**, helping transform more than 175 towns and cities across the UK.

Wayne Hemingway, designer and housing champion, said:

"It's wonderful to see the Heritage Lottery Fund investing in the regeneration of so many of our towns and cities. I'm especially pleased to see that Morecambe where I was born is benefiting too. The British seaside is one of our greatest assets and in many cases we have shamefully allowed its historic splendour to fall into disrepair or get replaced by short term rubbish."

Carole Souter, Director of HLF, said:

"Regeneration is all about making places that people are once again proud to live and work in. The Heritage Lottery Fund's scheme is also an excellent way of bringing together local and national partnerships which can transform an area, often acting as a catalyst for further improvements."

Transforming Govan Cross

Govan possesses a remarkable history dating back to its 5th-century ecclesiastical beginnings. In medieval times it was the headquarters of a kingdom stretching to Carlisle and more recently it became famous for shipbuilding. The late 20th century has not been kind to Govan with the decline of shipbuilding along the Clyde leading to widespread deprivation, unemployment and a drastic 80% reduction in the population between 1951 and the present.

HLF's earmarked grant of £939,000 plus £25,000 of development funding will enable the local community to revitalise Govan Cross, helping it to become a better place to live, work and visit. The scheme concentrates on the Pearce Institute, a striking example of Edwardian architecture, gifted to the people of Govan in 1906 in memory of Sir William Pearce, Chairman of the Fairfield Shipbuilding Company and Govan's flamboyant first Member of Parliament.  The Pearce Institute's historic features will be repaired and restored, as will the buildings, shops and streets in the surrounding areas.

This project forms a crucial part of Glasgow City Council's Central Govan Action Plan and along with various partners, the wider regeneration of Govan.


* An earmarked grant, or 'Stage One Pass' means that money has been earmarked by HLF for the project in question. Competition at this stage is tough, and while a Stage One Pass does not guarantee funding, it is an indication of positive support, and money for the scheme is set aside. The applicant can then progress to Stage Two and submit a further, fully developed application to secure the full grant.  On occasion, at Stage One, funding will also be awarded towards the development of the scheme.

**£173.85million has been invested into 218 THI schemes.

For the Heritage Lottery Fund, please contact Dervish Mertcan or Katie Owen, HLF Press Office, on Tel: 020 7591 6102/6036  Out of office mobile: 07973 613 820.

  • Pearce Institute exterior detail