Restoring Govan’s glory days

Restoring Govan’s glory days

The iconic, A-listed Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Offices in Govan, Glasgow have been given a new lease of life thanks to a £4m restoration project, with fit out by Elmwood Projects.

Designed by Studioarc, the restored building provides a dedicated heritage centre documenting the history of the once thriving Clydeside industry, along with 18,000 sq. m. of commercial office space.

Says Workshop Manager Donald Bain: “In its heyday, Fairfield was one of the largest and most successful of all the yards on the Clyde, so it seems a fitting location in which to tell story of the many famous liners, steamships and naval vessels that were built here.”

Retaining many of the building’s original features, the restoration project has seen the former boardroom, management offices and directors’ dining room transformed into a heritage centre via a mix of bespoke manufactured display cases, plinths, light boxes, graphics and audio visual.

The former drawing offices and counting house meanwhile, have been converted into office suites, including a large-scale bespoke wall-panelling package by Elmwood Projects.

Fairfield Heritage Centre, which will be free to visit, is expected to open to the public in Spring 2014.