Finnieston Crane visitor plans include trip to the top

Visitor centre, museum and restaurant lined up as part of £7m Clydeside plans.

Finnieston Crane visitor plans include trip to the top SNS

People could be taken to the top of the famous Finnieston Crane in Glasgow under plans for a new visitor centre.

A museum and restaurant are also being lined up for the 152ft landmark on the banks of the River Clyde.

The £7m plans have been revealed by community interest group Big Cran’ Co, which hopes to create 50 jobs.

A 122-seat restaurant – provisionally named Glasgow Fare – would open in the shadow of the crane’s jib.

Profits made from diners would then fund a visitor centre and museum.

A way of taking people to the top of the crane is still being explored.

Big Cran’ Co chairman Allan Wilson, a former Scottish Government minister, said: “We believe this plan would have enormous benefit to the local community and would preserve a unique and iconic part of Scotland’s heritage.

“The crane played an important part in Glasgow’s industrial past and we want to make sure it remains relevant. It would be great for future generations to understand its story.

“The project can also provide hope as we emerge from lockdown and give a significant economic boost to the area.”

The crane, in use from 1932, was one of last giant cantilevers built on the Clyde and was used to load heavy cargo such as locomotives on to ships for worldwide export.

The Big Cran’ Co has leased the structure, also known as the Stobhill Crane, from owners Peel Ports.

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