GHA demolishes iconic multi-storey block
Scotland’s largest social landlord has kicked off a regeneration scheme by demolishing the first of eight iconic multi-storey blocks of flats in Glasgow.
Around 2,000 people were temporarily evacuated from their homes on Sunday so that a triple block of flats at Red Road in the North of Glasgow could be blown up.
Thousands of people came out to watch the demolition of Glasgow Housing Association’s 153-213 Petershill Drive which used 275 kilos of explosives.
Many of the former tenants of the flats were rehoused locally in one of the 259 new homes built by GHA. Others residents moved into new or upgraded GHA homes across the city or other social landlords’ new homes.
Ahead of the demolition Red Road was trending on Twitter.
The evacuees from their homes stayed with family or friends and visited an ‘evacuation centre’ set up at All Saints Secondary School.
The clear-up operation will take several months to complete with the steel removed and recycled and the remaining rubble crushed and used as foundations for roads and buildings.
GHA said the remaining seven multi-storeys in the area would be demolished by 2017.
Since GHA was formed in 2003, it has invested more than £1.1 billion in refurbishing existing homes in Glasgow and has built 791 homes across the city.
Alex McGuire, executive director of development and regeneration, 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.’