Queens Quay Infrastructure Works

Breathing life into a historic industrial location on the Clyde.

Queens Quay Clydebank, the former site of the John Brown Shipyard and birthplace of great ships such as the Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and QE2, holds a long association with I & H Brown, and in 2018 we returned for our third visit to provide the civils infrastructure for a mixed-use development.

I & H Brown had the responsibility of implementing the client vision for the long-derelict Queens Quay site. A key objective was to reinvigorate the site and the wider Clydebank area by providing a new civic heart and developments, whilst also restoring the area’s lost connection with the River Clyde. 

Scope of works included the installation of 1km of spine roads, riverside footpaths, deep drainage, multi-utilities, public realm improvements, and district heating pipework to aid in the regeneration of the area. As well as off-site works including road layout reconfiguration and the construction of new signalised junctions.


Dawn Developments






72 weeks

Key Challenges.

Given the heavy industrial past of the site, geographical location, and our experience of working at Queens Quay, we were prepared for the challenging ground conditions including ground water under tidal influence.

Our solution was to install well-pointing to reduce the ground water level to below that of our intended excavation, enabling works to be completed in the ‘dry’, thus ensuring safety for our operatives and quality of output.

Our Solution.

The client’s vision is for Clydebank to be Scotland’s greenest town.  A key deliverable of this works package was to install a district heating system, to provide a local and sustainable source of clean energy that would help fulfil the client’s ambition. We were proud to assist in the installation of the UK’s largest, and Scotland’s first, water source heat pump.

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