Our Commitment to Social Responsibility & Sustainable Development

At the height of Clyde shipbuilding, those working in the shipyards and docks did so in exploitative and dangerous conditions that we might find it hard to imagine today. There was little in the way of health and safety and perhaps the gritty, warts and all reality was nothing like the romanticised image we hold of the halcyon days of Clyde shipbuilding.

The CDPI would set out that all staff and tenants’ employees working in a heritage park would be paid at least the living wage while encouraging a standard 30 hour working week. The intention is to both challenge conventional working practices and demonstrate that a shift in work life balance is in the long term beneficial for employees, employers and for society. The position of the CDPI is that social enterprise and micro enterprise is the best way to achieve this in the face of accelerating globalisation that many governments are not only failing to tackle but are actively and willfully facilitating. With the UK government seemingly intent on reversing decades of social democratic progress (almost to pre-WWII standards) it is incumbent upon organisations that are willing to adopt strong ethical principes to mitigate this and upon their customers/patrons to demand that they do.

Our aim is to act as a facilitator for a more modern approach – taking example from the kind of informal, collaborative working structures that exist in creative/tech industries, where hierarchical management is largely eliminated and teams are fluid – and applying the same principles to the heritage sector.

In the wider economy we are seeing a trend of decline in the demand for labour on a global scale and at the same time unprecedented population growth. We are also consuming natural resources at an unsustainable rate that can only be redressed by scaling back of consumer economic activity and drastic reduction of things like planned [product] obsolesence. All organisations will eventually have to address how they will play a role in dealing with this and CDPI aims to do so from the outset.

We aim for a heritage park at Govan graving docks to be a carbon-neutral development, to recycle as much as possible and to encourage any food outlet franchises in the park to use as much local and seasonal produce as is practical.

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CDPI Crowdfunding Campaign

We are rolling out a crowd funding campaign to help cover our core funding requirements and other costs not directly related to specific projects such as Govan graving docks. For this we estimate we need to raise approx. £40k per year at this stage.

Donations can be made via Paypal on the CDPI website at http://www.cdpi.org.uk/support_us.htm and we will be launching via a crowdfunding platform shortly.

Funds will enable us to cover costs of travel, meetings, stationery/postage, personnel, fees, etc and ensure we are able to continue and expand the scope of our work.

Graving Docks Stories

We would like to hear from anyone who worked in or knew family members or friends who worked in Govan Graving Docks while they were still in operation up until 1987. What stories do you have to relate about the graving docks, ships that were maintained in them, etc?

Please add comments to the blog or send your stories to info@cdpi.org.uk

Also if you have old photographs or video footage of the dry docks when they were in use that would be of interest please let us know.

A Micro-Enterprise Hub For Govan Graving Docks

A shipbuilding heritage park at Govan Graving Docks could exist as a micro-enterprise hub, built around the heritage theme and being run to a great extent by franchisees and independent tenant traders. The opportunities provided by the space are varied in scope and the inclusion of a diverse range of small businesses would enable the format of a heritage park to evolve organically and adapt over time.

It could also create opportunities for artists to use the space creatively and for young people to learn about skills preservation by working on replica boat building or restoration work on historic ships.

Govan is an area with relatively high levels of youth unemployment and underemployment and, like many parts of Glasgow and Central Scotland, has never fully recovered from the demise of traditional industries. Real and sustainable solutions from politicians (above and beyond populist spin) are not forthcoming and thus it is up to communities, organisations and individuals to take matters into their own hands. It has been estimated that over 200 permanent jobs and trading/franchise opportunities could potentially be created by a heritage park at Govan Graving Docks.

Restore the County of Peebles

The County of Peebles is a four-masted iron hull ship built in 1875 by Barclay and Curle Shipbuilders in Glasgow. She was sold to the Chilean Navy in 1898 and since the 1960s has been beached as a breakwater at Punta Arenas in Chile. She appears to be the only clydebuilt “County of…” ship still in existence, the others having all been scrapped or shipwrecked.

The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative is in the very early stage of exploring the possibility of acquiring the County of Peebles and bringing her back to the Clyde to undergo restoration work in one of the dry docks at Govan. This will depend very much on the condition of the ship and whether she can be relocated intact via barge transportation.

There was an unsuccessful plan in 1989 to relocate the County of Peebles to Govan Graving Docks, along with the Carrick (City of Adelaide) which has now been relocated to Adelaide, Australia for restoration work there.

In order to acquire and relocate the County of Peebles we will need to build sufficient political, media and financial support.

You can contact us via the CDPI website at www.cdpi.org.uk