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 non-profit company based in Govan, Glasgow and working to develop our position as a social enterprise, research & development, networking and consultative body. 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 began as a campaign for the restoration of Govan Graving Docks as a "shipbuilding 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 in terms of maritime heritage and research, networking and other activities CDPI can pursue. 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.

The Clyde tends to be perceived as a dead river and we aim to challenge this by promoting the idea that the Clyde is full of exciting potential for the future. For the Clyde to be a hub of industrial, creative and cultural activity there needs to be diverse infrastructure and not just waterfront housing along its length.

Rather than operating as a fixed body of expertise we aim to bring a diverse range of experts and interest groups together on a project-by-project basis - by acting as a 'hub' or nexus organisation for open collaboration.

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