The Titan crane at Clydebank is expected to reopen next spring
A century-old crane in Clydebank, a popular tourist destination and closed to the public since 2018, is due to reopen next spring.
The 150-foot-tall Titan crane became operational in 1907 and was designed for use in lifting heavy equipment, such as engines and boilers, while equipping battleships and liners at the John Brown & Shipyard. Company.
Clydebank Property Company (CPC) now operates the crane but never made enough money to cover its running costs.
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The Titan crane was closed in January 2018 to allow for maintenance and repair work and was scheduled to reopen the following year.
West Dunbartonshire Council is now working with CPC, looking for ways to improve visitor experiences, but an exact plan has yet to be revealed.
The local authority is looking for funding opportunities to promote the heritage of the territory, increase the number of visitors to the site and review the operating methods.
An update was presented to the Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development Committee last week.
Union Advisor Gail Casey said: âI am delighted to see the Titan crane come back in action.
âIn the past, he never really washed his hands, but I’m happy to see that there is an operational plan to bring the Titan crane back, because it’s a great opportunity for tourism.
âI’ve ridden the crane a couple of times and it’s a fabulous view from above. So given the right plan I’m sure it could be a success.
âHave we started to explore funding options for this? ”
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A board officer confirmed that operational plans for the next fiscal year are being developed and that an update will be distributed to members once it is ready.
Malcolm Bennie, Director General of Citizens, Culture and Facilities, said: âIt’s a bit of a chicken-and-egg situation as we make sure that it is possible to access the site safely for the public.
âSignificant investments could be made in this site in terms of additional attractions and facilities for visitors.
âAgents are exploring these possibilities and looking to work with Clydebank Property Company. I will also ensure that an update is included in the briefing. ”