Public Realm Improvements – Phase 2

Welcome to wonderful Water Row.

Hot on the heels of the public space improvements at Govan Cross, comes a second phase of investment to create attractive walking and socialising space along Water Row and the riverside. The improvements were carried out and funded by Glasgow City Council as part of the Central Govan Action Plan during 2012. Durable stone paving and landscaping now enhance Govan’s historic route to the river, encouraging people to wander down to the waterfront to take in the fantastic views of the Riverside Museum and the Clyde from one of the best vantage points in the city. New pontoons have enabled the return of the much loved Govan Ferry during the summer months (June to September), re-establishing the historic connection between Govan and Partick as well as Govan’s role as an important river crossing point. Meanwhile the temporary car park was re-surfaced to improve the ground conditions and trading potential of the Govan Saturday Market, although the long term aspiration remains for this site to be developed and brought back to life as a lively riverside quarter with a mix of residential, commercial and leisure uses.

Further investment from Glasgow Housing Association has transformed the river walkway to the west of Water Row along the edge of the Riverside Housing Estate. Now renamed Harland Way, as a reference to the former Harland and Wolff shipyard, whose sprawling form once stretched over the land on which the Riverside Housing Estate and the car park stand today, the attractive walkway is home to art works by artist Matt Baker that celebrate the site’s proud shipbuilding heritage. Why not discover them for yourself?

Key Facts:

Status: Complete

Cost: £2.560 million

Timescale: Complete April 2013

Funders: Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Housing Association.

Project Team: Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Housing Association.