Graving Docks, Govan

‘A silent anchor to Govan’s industrial memories’. Reverberating to a different place and time, what remains of these great docks and relics from the shipbuilding era, stand ominously abandoned. Spared from the hands of developers, nature has taken hold, and a vast expansive wilderness, remains fragile and disconnected from the city and the river to which it belongs. Despite being in private ownership, there is room for more than housing on this site. I can imagine an urban park, a gateway into Govan, an imaginative and creative open public space that connects the city to nature and to its past, opening up the area to new vistas, and an environment that interweaves heritage with new lighting and public art.  There’s something very special about this place. I’ve included a few lyrics from a song called Charlie Darwin by The Low Anthem that resonates to me with this place.

‘Set the sails I feel the winds a’ stirring
Toward the bright horizon set the way
Cast your reckless dreams upon our mayflower
A haven from the world and her decay’ - (The Low Anthem)