Plans are being drawn up to create a new cultural landmark rivalling the Titanic in Belfast and V&A in Dundee in Glasgow.
The Ship Yard Trust are looking to create a tourist attraction marking the industrial achievements of the River Clyde and the contribution of the men and women of Glasgow who worked there.
The proposal has been described as 'ambitious', with the final outcome hoped to be the same quality of other successful attractions including the V&A to put the Clyde on the 'tourist map' and provide employment in local communities.
Public views are wanted on the project to design and build an iconic venue to celebrate the shipbuilding and marine engineering heritage of the Clyde.
The Trust, made up of a former MSP and council leader, artist, shipbuilding historian and chartered surveyor have published their mission statement for the project.
It reads: "The great industrial achievements of the River Clyde in steam propulsion, engineering and shipbuilding are widely known not just in the UK but around the world. Despite this, there is no single location on the River where this world-class story can be told".
"The time has come to acknowledge the vision of those who established these industries, of the innovation central to their success and to the individual contribution made by hundreds of thousands of men and women over many decades who toiled through good times and bad to manufacture remarkable products and make the name Clydebuilt synonymous with excellence".
"The Ship Yard Trust has been formed to focus attention on these achievements and engage with all parties to formulate a strategy that permanently acknowledges this outstanding industrial heritage."
Gil Paterson, the Chair of the Ship Yard Trust, said: “The Clyde’s past is a fantastic, untapped asset and coupled with what Clydeside is engaged in now and into the future, the trust wants to bring together and showcase this to the world, we can then celebrate our past and help pioneer our future”
Tom Mckendrick, board member and artist, added: “Apprenticed to the Clyde at 15 years of age, like thousands of my generation and 100 years of previous generations, instils in you a deep sense of belonging. The power, scale and the vision of huge ships being built marks you. Then there is the danger and the dirt, to produce these beautiful things. There is nothing to compare in any other industry.”
Ian Mackay, board member and chartered surveyor, commented: “When I visited the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao a few years ago it became apparent to me that the building had changed the fortunes of that de-industrialised post shipbuilding town to the extent it was now the place to visit with tourism and local jobs thriving".
"Then I thought on the Clyde we have a much bigger shipbuilding and engineering story to tell but we’ve nowhere to tell it so why don’t we build our own as part of the reinvigoration of Clydeside.”
Early thoughts can be submitted at https://www.theshipyard.scot and the Trust are seeking feedback, support and suggestions which can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. It's anticipated that the project will generate interest worldwide.
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