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

Our Work
River Clyde cranes Govan Glasgow waterfront

Scope of CDPI Activity

Our work is much wider in scope than just historical heritage protection in the conventional sense. The history is only one part of the jigsaw and we are concerned primarily with the "living heritage" that is constantly evolving and what we leave for future generations.

An important part of our work involves looking at innovation and the scope of modern maritime industry as well as community benefit, ecology, sustainable development concerns, promoting active use of the river and opportunities for social enterprise, leisure, tourism and cultural activity. Particularly how these connect with the evolving tangible and intangible heritage. This means networking and collaborating with experts in all of these fields to bring diverse knowledge together.

The Clyde as a river and region is largely disconnected. There is no joined-up strategy between the public, third & private sectors, academia or the communities that line the Clyde to address how the potential of the river and its maritime heritage (in the broadest sense) can be fully developed. The region and Glasgow in particular has been all too quick and eager to erase the historic maritime industrial infrastructure.

How the Clyde can again in time compete with other post industrial rivers and port/dockland regions, that have had many successes in adapting rather than destroying the physical evidence of their history, is one of the key questions CDPI aims too seek answers to. We aim to build a broad collaborative network around initiatives to take this forward.

Our Work

Examples of Our Current and Future Activities

Looking at the Govan Docks Regeneration Trust and restoration of Govan Graving Docks as an ongoing case study in maritime heritage protection...
Monitoring historic docks and other maritime infrastructure/assets on the Clyde corridor
Promoting the establishment of a sail cargo hub on the Clyde alongside industry stakeholders
Supporting community groups and setting-up charities focused on protecting at-risk maritime assets for community benefit
Promoting sympathetic and sustainable reuse of surplus maritime infrastructure of historic interest or potential future heritage importance
Developing strategic proposals for re-use of derelict sites and assets
Lobbying local and Scottish Government, statutory bodies, quangos, etc to act to protect assets along the Clyde - particularly where controversial redevelopments are proposed or there is a lack of due care of structures on the part of owners
Encouraging and supporting/assisting public responses to planning applications where appropriate and ensuring property developers are made publicly accountable and transparent in their actions
Campaigns and events to celebrate and raise awareness of the maritime heritage of the Clyde. Raising the profle of modern maritime industry and activity to dispel the impression of the Clyde as a dead or dying river
Celebrating the maritime history and re-visioning/rethinking potential future use of the river and maritime assets through diverse activities and events. Initiatives to increase use of the river for a range of activities
Producing or commissioning studies, documentaries, reports, etc on the maritime heritage (both historic and living/future heritage) of the Clyde to help raise awareness
Addressing sustainable development and environmental issues in the Clyde Corridor in collaboration with environmental groups and organisations
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