Central Govan Action Plan (including Govan Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative) is a community-led, development framework that, with careful planning and implementation over the last eight years, is
bringing about a positive transformation in Govan, a famous former shipbuilding community on the River Clyde in Glasgow. With ancient roots that pre-date Glasgow and once the undisputed leader of the world’s shipbuilding industry, Govan has experienced some of harshest manifestations of de-industrialisation in both its urban form and community. But this decline is now starting to reverse, helped by an approach to regeneration that is firmly focused on celebrating Govan’s rich heritage and building from existing assets to create an attractive, resilient and successful place. Photo Credit Plantation Productions
The award recognises the potential that exists to deliver high quality placemaking in any urban context, no matter how challenging the starting point. The award is a great reminder of the role that good urban planning can and should play in the wider process of urban development.
Winning the award has reinforced the importance of the collaborative approach to urban planning taken and the high aspirations of all involved for Govan. These positive outcomes were really important motivations for taking the time and energy to submit the original application to the award process. Hopefully the award will act as part of a process of changing mindsets around regeneration, helping the process of raising aspirations for the quality of placemaking in Glasgow. Photo Credit Andrew Lee.
Winning the Silver Jubilee Cup was a hugely proud moment for everyone involved in the implementation of CGAP and GCTHI over the last eight years, and particularly so for Glasgow City Council and the planners who played a key role – there were a lot of pictures taken with the Silver Jubilee Cup that no doubt will be popping up in CVs! Receiving such recognition and positive feedback on the work that we all strive to carry out on a day to day basis gives a tremendous energy boost and a great feeling of confidence, which translates into greater drive to help Govan achieve the great things it deserves.
Since winning the award we have been very, very busy. As well as bringing projects off site and starting to evaluate our achievements, we’ve also had to turn our attention to raising the funding required to keep CGAP and GCTHI going over the next five year period. The good news is that we’ve secured first stage funding passes from both the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland, and Govan’s on-going regeneration also features prominently in the Glasgow & Clyde Valley City Deal. This all signals continued major investment in Govan on a scale that promises to be truly transformational. We’ve no doubt that winning the RTPI’s Silver Jubilee Cup has gone a great way to establishing our credibility and quality as a community-led regeneration initiative with place-making at its heart, and that the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence have therefore made an important contribution toward helping us achieve an attractive, vibrant and prosperous future for Govan.
The winner of the Silver Jubilee Cup 2015 will be announced at the ceremony for the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence on 6 July. The event is sold out, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the waiting list.
Susan Hanlin is the Project Manager at the Central Govan Action Plan and Govan Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative.