The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative - Protecting and promoting the evolving maritime heritage of the tidal River Clyde

Protecting and Promoting the Evolving Maritime Heritage of the Tidal River Clyde

Background of CDPI
Capstan at Govan Graving Docks


We are a social enterprise based in the West of Scotland and working to develop our position as an outreach, research & development, networking and consultative organisation. Broadly we are involved in advocacy, awareness raising, project management and raising the profile of the Clyde as a maritime river. We are particularly concerned with sites that are threatened by controversial redevelopments and short-sighted commercial objectives that fail to address local needs.

The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative grew out of a campaign for the restoration of Govan Graving Docks as a maritime heritage park.

Since then the vision of restoring the Govan docks has evolved further through networking and feedback from a diverse range of people and groups interested in the docks, as well as wider research into maritime heritage. It also became apparent that proposals for the Govan docks needed to be taken forward by a charitable body and one specifically dedicated to the site. For this purpose we set up the Govan Docks Regeneration Trust (SCIO).

Research, development and outreach has paved the way to look at wider opportunities throughout the Clyde region and further afield to promote maritime heritage and active, sustainable use of the maritime environment. We are very much interested in what heritage is defined as, how it is used, and who benefits. As well as the wider opportunities to look at tourism, leisure, cultural development, environmental protection and sustainable development and how these interconnect with heritage.

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