Community interest company Big Cran’ Co is behind the three-phase proposal for the Finnieston Crane on the banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow.
The industrial landmark, 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.
Step one of the redevelopment plan is to create a 122-seat restaurant in the shadow of the crane’s 152ft jib, provisionally named Glasgow Fare.
Profits would be reinvested to develop a visitor centre and museum celebrating the crane’s history, with the project forecast to create 50 jobs.
Examining ways to take visitors to the top of the crane is also part of the plan.
The Big Cran’ Co has leased the structure, also known as the Stobhill Crane, from owners Peel Ports.
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.”
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