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Pacific Quay is an area south of the River Clyde in Glasgow, Scotland. It is located at the former Plantation Quay and Princes' Dock Basin. The Princes' Dock Basin was the largest on the River Clyde when it was opened by the Clyde Navigation Trust in 1900. It ceased to be used as a commercial dock by the Clyde Port Authority in the 1970s as the volume of Shipping using the Upper Clyde declined with the onset of containerization. The site was later used for the Glasgow Garden Festival in 1988. The former electric generating station and pumping house, "Four Winds" which was used to pump water between the rotundas and generate power for the electric cranes still stands and is now home to a consultant engineers and radio station. The name 'Pacific Quay' has no historical significance, as it was created simply as a marketing enterprise following the land being reclaimed for commercial use after the Garden Festival closure. It did not reflect the site as a departure point for ships bound for the Pacific rim.
Today Pacific Quay includes:
- Glasgow Science Centre
- BBC Pacific Quay, BBC Scotland headquarters and studios.
- STV, headquarters and studios for the Scottish ITV network.
- Capital Scotland, radio station.
- Buro Happold, consultant engineers.
- ChoiceQuote Insurance Services, taxi insurance broker.
- Digital Design Studio, research and commercial centre of Glasgow School of Art
- BMJ Architects, Healthcare, Science, Commercial and Education Architects]]
Govan Graving Docks
To the immediate west of Pacific Quay lies the former Govan Graving Docks. The Clyde Navigation Trust (now Clydeport) opened its first Graving Dock at Govan in 1875 and a second in 1886. The third and largest, at 880 ft in length, was opened in 1897. The facility was operated by the Clyde Navigation Trust until 1967, when it was taken over by Alexander Stephen and Sons as a ship repair yard, which lasted until 1976. This was subsequently taken over by Clyde Dock Engineering Ltd in 1977 and continued to operate before eventually closing in 1987. Despite forming the proposed site for a new Clyde Ship Trust Maritime Museum, site for the preservation of the City of Adelaide and later Glasgow's failed bid to host the Royal Yacht Britannia as a museum ship in the late 1990s, the area remains derelict, although a residential regeneration scheme is currently planned for the site. There is also currently a campaign for the Graving Docks and the only remaining pump house building to be restored to create a shipbuilding heritage park and the petition has so far attracted more than 1,000 signatures.