Govan Drydock announced as finalist in national maritime awards

Govan Drydock Award

Restoration project is short-listed in the coastal communities excellence award

GOVAN Drydock, located in the heart of Glasgow has been named as a finalist in the prestigious National Maritime SME Awards, which celebrate the outstanding and innovative achievements of small and medium enterprises across the UK maritime sector.

The historic drydock, which has been restored and brought back into active service over the past year is short-listed in the Coastal Communities Excellence category and up against strong competition.

Govan Drydock is now operational as a ship repair and maintenance facility. Earlier this year, it was awarded the contract to project manage and undertake the first phase of major restoration and repair work on the TS Queen Mary. The year-long project will help preserve the iconic ship.

Peter Breslin, Managing Director of Govan Drydock Ltd said:

“Being short-listed for this award is a huge honour and is recognition of the tireless work we have undertaken to date on the restoration of Govan Drydock.

“The project not only has protected and revived the drydock, the business viability has also been proven with the awarding of the TS Queen Mary repair and restoration project, which has brought employment opportunities and community benefits to the area.

“We have exciting plans for the further development of the drydock, which will help contribute to the ongoing regeneration of the Clyde Waterfront and breathe life into the Govan area of Glasgow.”

Harry O’Donnell, Chairman of New City Vision, who own the site, said:

“We are thrilled that Govan Drydock has been recognised with this prestigious nomination following the commencement of the restoration works to the TS Queen Mary. It is a testament to the efforts that Marine Projects Scotland has poured into restoring the dry dock, bringing it back into working order in the first time in almost forty years.

“Forming a crucial component of our wider vision to reconnect the people of Glasgow with this historic site, the restoration of Dock No.1 marks the latest step in our exciting journey. As we move forward, we continue to carry out extensive consultation on proposals, integrating new homes with carefully thought-out community spaces to deliver a vibrant and dynamic future for the docks.”

Glasgow MSP and Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Maritime & Shipbuilding, Paul Sweeney added:

“It has been exciting to follow the team bringing the historic Category A-listed Govan Graving Docks back to life after 36 years of dereliction, and as they embark on their first project, the restoration of the 1930s turbine steamer Queen Mary, they have my utmost support in their effort to re-establish commercial ship repair at this impressive triple dry dock and tidal basin facility on the upper Clyde.”

The winners of the National Maritime SME Awards will be announced at an award ceremony on 13 September in London.

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