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Peter A Walker

15 projects share £10 million funding to transform derelict land

A derelict site once central to the Clyde’s shipbuilding industry will be transformed following a £2.4m award from the Vacant and Derelict Land Investment Programme.

The Govan Graving Docks were used for final painting and repair of vessels, but have lain empty for 40 years. The Scottish Government award to upgrade a riverside walkway and create green space by 2025 is intended to help attract business investment, reverse biodiversity loss and create a visitor attraction.

Further restoration of the historic dockyard will see it used for repairing heritage vessels, while a footbridge linking the site to neighbouring visitor destinations including the Glasgow Science Centre is planned once private sector funding is secured.

It is one of 15 schemes sharing £10m in 2023-24 from the programme.

Other successful projects include:

  • Creation of a community learning campus on the site of a former Midlothian colliery;
  • decontamination and redevelopment of former military land at Cromarty Firth to enable construction of 93 affordable homes;
  • reuse of vacant and derelict buildings in Fife as an employment and training hub for rural green jobs and apprenticeships;
  • and support for community-led food production in Clackmannanshire.

Community Wealth Minister Tom Arthur visited the Govan Graving Docks site to meet those behind the project.

“Neglected sites are often found in more disadvantaged settings and can become no-go areas or hamper community development, so by targeting long-standing vacant and derelict land we can ensure that investment reaches the areas that need it most,“ he commented.

“The Vacant and Derelict Land Investment Programme helps attract private investment to locations which have lain dormant for years.

“It also supports low carbon developments, helping Scotland reach net zero by 2045 and grow an economy that is greener, fairer and more prosperous."

Councillor Richard Bell, deputy leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “The Govan Graving Docks is a unique site in Glasgow, offering both a glimpse of the city’s past and a view into a future where we realise the potential of this remarkable Clydeside location.

“The very welcome announcement of £2.4m funding will allow work to dramatically improve the appearance of the site, create new public green space to be co-designed by the local community, and improve access and connections to Glasgow Science Centre.

“The support announced today will hopefully act as a catalyst for future funding and the development of further stages in the regeneration of the Graving Docks.”

All the projects to receive funding from the second stage of the Vacant and Derelict Land Investment Programme for 2023-24 are:

Lead applicant


2023-24 (£)

Total grant

City of Edinburgh Council

Granton Gasholder



Clackmannanshire Council

Clacks Community – Growing a new Future



Clyde Gateway

Shawfield Phase 2 - Remediation



Fife Council

Ravenscraig Skills Hub



Glasgow City Council

Cadder Woods Community Greenspace



Glasgow City Council

Community Net Zero Hub



Glasgow City Council

Govan Graving Docks



Glasgow City Council

Greening Royston



Glasgow City Council

North Maryhill TRA Green Infrastructure



Highland Council

Cromlet Invergordon



Highland Council

Longman Park



Midlothian Council

All Through Community Learning Campus Shawfair



North Ayrshire Council

The King’s Arms Irvine



Perth and Kinross Council

Millhaugh - Phase 1



West Dunbartonshire Council

Residential development at Pappert Bonhill





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