1 Water Row

Number 1 Water Row is an important, A-listed, red sandstone tenement building that occupies a prominent site on Govan Cross at the corner of Water Row and Govan Road. It was designed in 1899 by James Salmon & Son and J.G. Gillespie, who was born in Govan. It comprises a Bank on the ground floor with four levels of tenement flats above.

The building now requires comprehensive repair and overhauling, particularly the roof, which has been letting in water for some time. Its current run-down appearance detracts from the character of the building itself, and the conservation area as a whole. Because of this, the prominent location of the building, and its architectural significance, 1 Water Row was targeted as one of the ‘priority’ building repair projects to be completed through Govan Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative.

In simple terms, this project proposes to bring the external fabric of 1 Water Row into a good state of repair, in line with best conservation practice.

The building is located at a pivotal location opposite Govan Cross Underground Station and Govan Bus Station at the entrance to the route to the new Govan Ferry and opposite the newly refurbished public square at Govan Cross. As such improving its appearance through carrying out this building repair will have a high impact – enhancing the character of the Conservation Area, improving the attractiveness of the streetscape, as well as increasing confidence in the regeneration of Govan.

It is hoped that this project will go on site in Summer 2013.

Key Facts

Status: On-site

Estimated Cost: Circa £450,000 tbc

Timescale: Estimated site start Summer 2013

Funders: Govan Cross THI (Heritage Lottery Fund & Glasgow City Council), Private Owners contributions

Project Team: ZM Architecture, NBM Construction Cost Consultants, contractor tbc.