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Crane demolition to begin at Govan shipyards

Demolition work is due to begin this week on the landmark Govan cranes at BAE Systems' Glasgow shipyards.

Demolition on the five 80 tonne cranes, which will be conducted by Coatbridge specialist Reigart, is expected to last around 18 weeks.

Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister, has called for BAE Systems to provide reassurance to their workforce as locals express their concern about the demolition of the historic cranes.

The Govan Berth cranes were installed in 1974, along with two 35 tonne cranes, and have continued to be a famous feature in the local area since their decommissioning in 2008.

A spokesman for BAE Systems has said that the cranes' removal is due to the fact that they are no longer fit for purpose, having been replaced by mobile cranes in the construction of warships.

However, Ms Sturgeon has highlighted the areas of concern for local residents, including the sadness at the loss of a popular part of the Glasgow skyline, as well as fear over the shipyard's future.

She said: "I am also concerned that it will raise fears of the future of Govan shipyards and I hope very much that BAE will be able to dispel these fears sooner rather than later."

Published November 4, 2013 | Back to demolition news | Subscribe to our rss feed | Bookmark and Share