Red Road tower block before the demolition startsSource: Young Media
End of the line for notorious Glasgow estate
This weekend saw the first phase of demolition of Glasgow’s infamous Red Road tower blocks.
Designed by architect Sam Bunton and built between 1964 and 1969, the triple-block of Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) flats was blown down in a controlled explosion.
Alex McGuire, executive director of development and regeneration at the GHA, said: “The Red Road flats were popular in their day and are known around the world, but their time has come to an end.
“We’re pleased the demolition of the first of the Red Road blocks went according to plan.”
Due to the steel-frame structure of the flats, the bottom storeys of the block remained undisturbed after the blowdown. The remaining storeys will be demolished using machines.
The future of the site will now be discussed with Glasgow City Council.
The remaining seven multi-storeys in the area are to be demolished by 2017.
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