Titan Clydebank

  • Titan Crane at dusk
  • Titan Clydebank at dusk
  • Detail of Titan Clydebank

Lead Partner: Clydebank Re-built

Project Team: Collective Architecture Arup engineers Armours Quantity Surveyors Maclean and Speirs


Project History
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  • Detail of Titan Clydebank
  • Titan Clydebank at dusk
  • Titan Clydebank


Clydebank & Erskine, Queens Quay


Clydebank's A-listed Titan Crane has been refurbished as a visitor attraction and major local landmark. The crane was designed by Sir William Arrol, for Clyde shipyards, and is one of 4 remaining on the River Clyde.

The giant 150-ton cantilever crane was erected around 1907 on the west side of the fitting-out basin of the John Brown shipyard in Clydebank. The refurbishment has been carried out in time to celebrate its 100 anniversary. The crane was used to lift the engines and boilers into numerous warships, as well as vessels like the Lusitania, Queen Mary, Britannia and the QE2.

The crane is the focus of Clydebank Re-built's plans to regenerate the Clydebank waterfront. Visitors are able to take the lift to the top of the 150 feet giant crane and walk along the jib.  They will be able to see stunning views of the Clyde and the surrounding landscape.   And there is a chance, through modern technology, to go back in time to John Brown's shipyards in the 1930's and l960's and relive the launches of the Queen Mary and QE2.

Current status:

The visitor centre was completed and opened in 2007. In 2008 the Project won the international architecture award, The Chicago Athenaeum Award. In 2009 the Crane won the Scotland Placemaking Award from the Civic Trust. 2009 Season Opening Times, each Fri, Sat, Sun and Mon from May 1st to Oct 5th. In June 2011 a new Education and Visitor Centre was added to provide a cafe, exhibition space and facilities for education.



Opened Aug 07


£3.5 million