Clydeside has been a key economic location for over 300 years with peak performance in the 20th century when the crane was literally a linchpin for trade with the rest of the world. The Glasgow riverfront has become a catalyst for economic activity in the city and the crane can be a dynamic feature in this investment and economic regeneration with community priorities adressed.
The crane is seen by many as a sign of strength and integrity with many looking to share the experience and the learning from the past in ways that can instil a new understanding of the economic role of Glasgow then and now as well as the technical achievements of those who made Clydeside a manufacturing and trading centre of world renown.
The economic changes and cyclical effects that have side-lined the crane has led it to become seen by some as more of a problem than an opportunity and by others as an industrial fossil that should be preserved indefinitely for posterity, which is neither appropriate or realistic.
The crane needs a strong and sustainable vision for the future. We have developed such a vision which will involve taking ownership of the structure and surrounding site through a Community Interest Company social enterprise to develop a visitor attraction, heritage centre and commercial leisure development that complements the community perspective, the location, economic and environmental considerations.
The Big Cran CIC seeks to create a community asset by putting community priorities at the forefront and creating new systems of economic prosperity in order to sustain the structure and attract new visitors with expenditure to support its on-going sustainability for future generations.
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