Red Road flats to be demolished
Two blocks on the estate in Glasgow, where three Russians died after throwing themselves from a balcony, are to be demolished simultaneously.
Contractor Safedem won the contract to demolish 153-213 Petershill Drive this summer in the Red Road area of the city.
Now it has also been awarded the contract to bring the second block down, 10-30 Petershill Court, which is due to come down next year.
Jim Sneddon, GHA’s executive director of regeneration, said: ‘We are always very mindful about the disruption a demolition causes to the wider community.
‘When we appointed Safedem as the contractor for the second block at Red Road we felt it made sense to now consider doing the two blocks at once.
‘The demolition of the Red Road blocks is an important part of plans to create new, popular and sustainable communities which have already seen more than 250 new homes built nearby.’
Local residents would have faced two sets of road and rail closures, as well as evacuations from their homes, if the demolitions had taken part separately.
Safedem’s Managing Director William Sinclair said: ‘We have been working with GHA and the local community for just over a year now and have carried out continual reviews to minimise the impact of our operations upon local residents and businesses.’
The contractors will open a ‘demolition information centre’ next month for residents to discuss the plans. The Red Road area hit the headlines last month after three failed asylum seekers threw themselves from the 15 floor of 63 Petershill Drive.