Why a Govan Partick Charrette?
Historically the Govan and Partick areas of Glasgow were interconnected. For at least 2,000 years the area had huge importance as a location where it was possible to ford the Clyde.
As the River developed its role as a centre of industry, a port and an international seaway, it was deepened; but the vital social and economic connection was maintained through the provision of a network of cross-river ferries. In the late 20th century the river lost its role as a seaway, a port and a centre of industry; this lead to far greater separation as a consequence. The City Corporations attempts to improve the situation through demolition of tenement housing and road building often made the problems worse rather than better. Communities were dispersed and physical barriers to movement created. The historic Govan ferry was closed to passengers in the early 1980s.
We believe there is potential to build stronger relationships between Govan and Partick. We see the river and the areas alongside it as an opportunity for achieving this. Therefore, the charrette will explore potential areas for development (jobs, homes and public spaces), the connections down to the river and indeed the opportunities for crossing it.
The proposed charrette will be the first time a collaborative, design-led approach has been taken to the planning in this part of the City. It represents a hugely significant step in the journey to remove the obstacles to the re-integration of the City across the river. The outcomes of the charrette and its eventual success will be down to members of the Govan and Partick communities getting involved in the process. You can get involved through local events that will be held leading up to the charrette as well as during the charrette days themselves.