Govan Cross to become conservation area

02 May 2008

Glasgow City Council's Executive Committee has gave approval for the designation of Conservation Area for the city's historic Govan Cross.

The City Council's draft City Plan states that consideration would be given to the assignation of conservation area to Govan Cross.  In October 2007, the City Council secured a stage 1 pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) at Govan Cross, earmarking £939,000 for heritage-led regeneration.

Release of this HLF funding is dependent on upon the THI area falling within a conservation area - the outcome of the THI Stage 2 submission will be determined in October 2008.

Public consultation - including a six-week exercise from 8 October - 16 November 2007 and a public meeting on 25 March indicated considerable support for the designation, and it was agreed at the public meeting that the designation of a Conservation Area should be made, and that the boundary of the THI should be changed to include Elder Park.

Govan Cross is a site of particular social and architectural interest in Glasgow, its history going back 1600 years from ecclesiastical roots through to its role as a world shipbuilding centre in the 20th century.  A great deal of 19th and 20th century architecture still survives, and archaeological work suggests there are far earlier finds still to be discovered.

The special character of the area being recognised through the designation of the conservation area offers the opportunity of securing extra investment, securing a viable town centre and preserving and enhancing its special architectural and historic features.

This extra investment could be as much as £3.6million, with £939,000 from the HLF if a stage 2 pass is granted, the remainder coming from Glasgow City Council and partners.

Councillor George Ryan, Executive Member for Development and Regeneration at Glasgow City Council, said: "Making Govan Cross a conservation area is very good news for this historic part of Glasgow, promoting and protecting Govan's heritage and bringing more investment to the area.  These efforts complement the wider regeneration of Govan and the waterfront along the south side of the Clyde."


  • Govan Cross and the Pearce Institute