THI Projects

Govan Cross THI would love to repair and restore every historic building in central Govan, however it simply isn’t possible. Therefore, in order to make best use of the available funds, we had to determine what buildings should be prioritised for grant funding during the two phases of the THI.

Together with our funders we identified a range of traditional buildings, heritage structures, shopfronts and public spaces within Govan Conservation Area that needed investment. These were chosen according to their architectural significance, level of need, deliverability and wider social & economic impacts. They are concentrated around Govan Cross, the historic heart of Govan, in order to maximise impact. We call these our ‘Priority Projects’. They are:

Public Realm Improvements – Phase 1

On 1st June 2011 an opening ceremony took place to celebrate the completion of the first stage of public realm Improvements at Govan Cross. The works were carried out as part of Central Govan Action Plan alongside similar improvement work … Continued

The Pearce Institute

The Pearce Institute (known locally as the PI) is one of the most important buildings in Govan and its repair and restoration was one of the top priorities of Govan Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative. Designed by Sir Rowand Anderson and completed … Continued

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 … Continued

5 – 9 Water Row

5-9 Water Row is an impressive B-listed, red sandstone tenement building that occupies a prominent site in the heart of Govan Conservation Area. It was built for the YMCA in 1897 and comprises two shops on ground floor level and … Continued

Brechin’s Bar & Cardell Halls

Brechin’s Bar is a Category B listed building located on a prominent gusset site within the Govan Conservation Area, at the junction of Burleigh Street and Govan Road. It was built in 1894 in Scots Baronial style and comprises a … Continued

The Pearce Statue

The statue of Sir William Pearce – known locally as ‘The Black Man’ – occupies a prominent position on the gushet of Burleigh Street and Govan Road, across from the Pearce Institute. The statue was designed by Edward Onslow Ford … Continued

The Aitken Memorial Fountain

The Aitken Memorial Fountain is a well known and much loved landmark of Govan Cross. It was created in 1884 and is the only surviving example of the decorative, cast iron drinking fountains produced by Cruikshanks & Co.’s foundry at … Continued

Community Ceramics Project

This is your chance to learn about the use of ceramics in traditional buildings and, even better, to try your hand at making your own tiles and mosaics. If things go to plan we may even be able to commission … Continued

Govan ‘Then and Now’ Photography Project

Using creative photography and digital imagery, the ‘Then and Now’ project will aim to create a series of images that best depict the Govan of old, Govan today and even the Govan of tomorrow, as a way of getting people … Continued

Let’s Talk Shop

Let’s Talk Shop is a creative learning project examining the heritage of Govan through its high street. The project was designed and delivered by Geraldine Greene for Govan Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative and is funded by Glasgow City Council and the … Continued

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