Clydebank re-Built URC was set up in 2002 to drive the economic, social and physical regeneration of Clydebank. Part of their strategic vision was to elevate the already iconic status of the Titan Crane with a brief to illuminate the structure in order to enjoy it’s presence after dark and celebrate the structure. We began to explore this task after having completed a number of other citywide illumination projects on historic structures. Following a perilous journey to the top of the crane with the client, we discussed an ambition to go beyond viewing the structure and instead actually allowing the public to get onto the crane.
At a very early stage it was clear that a combination of poor structural condition and aspiration to permit public access would ensure this project would grow and evolve beyond the initially intended ground up illumination of a consolidated monument. Instead this machine was to be consolidated and repaired, then converted into a building.
This project was conceived and developed both during Adrian's time as director at Chris Stewart Architects (now Collective), and subsequently later in conjunction with the original team there, working collaboratively in order to deliver the project to its conclusion.
Since completion the project has received : 2009 Civic Trust Awards - Scottish Place Making Award; 2009 Civic Trust Awards - Special Award; 2008 Chicago Athenaeum Museum - International Award for Architecture; 2007 Glasgow Institute of Architects - Commendation.
Our relationship to the crane remains ongoing even now, using the systems installed a decade ago to change the lighting in reflection of the community around it, their priorities and other significant events which can be reflected in light. The new public access to the crane also facilitates charity fundraising activities like bungee jumping and abseiling.
As you can see below, the world of social networking keeps a close eye on the crane, a concept not even invented back when this project was realised.