Jim McColl's Govan Graving Docks plan set to take centre stage after homes and museum plan rejected

Glasgow planners decision to turn down a hotel and retail development on the Clydes historic Govan Graving Docks opens the floodgates for an ambitious V&A-style heritage plan from entrepreneur Jim McColl.

Developers New City Vision, who own the site, had lodged proposals for more than 700 flats, a museum, restaurant, shopping and office space, and a 195-bedroom hotel.

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However planning bosses rejected the proposal due to its failure to preserve the sites special architectural and historic interest.

Jim McColl, whose company Clyde Blowers Capital, owns Ferguson Marine at Port Glasgow, is looking to expand maritime activities into ship repair and he had singled out the Graving Docks at Clydebrae Street as an ideal site for repair.

The docks, which are Category A listed, have been lying empty for over 30 years. It is travesty that they are not in proper use. They are very good quality docks build by the Victorians with granite stone.

'They are in as good a condition as they were in their hey-day. You would have to re-do the gates, and as yard weve made dry-docks gates. Then youd need a new pump house to empty and fill the docks with water. But its all over-grown and the whole area needs tidied up, he said.

"This is prime site for ship repairs and it can do some of the biggest ships that come in, including the QE2. The biggest dry-dock is over 300 metres, so it is a sizeable facility.

McColls company has already put in planning for this site. Three dry docks, on the edge of ....

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