£500,000 to convert Clyde shipyard office

04 Jan 2008

by Gerry Braiden, The Herald

The dilapidated former offices of one of the Clyde's great shipbuilding firms has secured almost £500,000 to allow its conversion to a business centre.

It is hoped the A-listed red sandstone former Fairfield Company shipyard office building on the south bank of the Clyde will become one of the landmarks in the proposed Govan Conservation Area after being awarded a share of more than £1.6m from Historic Scotland.

The Fairfield offices are on the Buildings at Risk register but Govan Workspace Ltd intends to bring economic activity and jobs back to this site by creating office space and a heritage centre to celebrate Govan's role in world shipbuilding.

The project will also provide training opportunities in lime work, glazier work, carpentry and other traditional skills.

A former contender in the BBC's Restoration series, the A-listed Greenlaw Town Hall in Berwickshire has been promised £500,000 to reuse the neo-classical building as offices.

Historic Scotland has distributed £150m from the Building Repair Grant Scheme in the past 15 years.

Culture Minister Linda Fabiani said: "Govan's shipbuilding past is firmly tied to Scotland's development as an industrial nation and identity. I am delighted the office building is to be developed into a centre for business that will bring investment to the area."

Other successful schemes include £260,500 for Aberdeen's East Kirk, the original church of which dates back to 1151; Mellerstein House in Gordon, Berwickshire, which secured £100,000; Fountain Gardens in Paisley, which gets almost £170,000 to restore its Burns's statue, railings and gates and £125,000 will go to the Red Tower in Helensburgh.

Reproduced with the permission of The Herald(Glasgow) © Newsquest (Herald & Times) Ltd.


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