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Video: Edinburgh high-rise housing demolished

The 1960s North Sighthill estate in Edinburgh has been demolished to make way for a new housing development yesterday (26 September)

Controlled explosives were used to bring down the estate’s Glenalmond, Hermiston and Weir Courts towers – once home to 285 apartments.

North Sighthill demolition, Edinburgh

The site is being cleared for the construction of 320 mixed-tenure homes which are being delivered under the City of Edinburgh Council’s 21st Century Homes scheme.

Speaking after the demolition, Councillor Norman Work – vice convenor for the council’s Health, Social Care and Housing Committee – said: ‘The demolition was a truly spectacular sight and all went as planned, which is credit to all those involved in the operation.’

The 451-unit North Sighthill housing estate was completed in 1968 by city architect Alexander Steele and Crudens.

At its peak Edinburgh was home to 82 high-rise housing schemes however the city’s ongoing demolition programme has almost halved the number to 42 buildings.



Anderson Bell + Christie have been appointed by 21st Century Homes programme to provide a design guide for the site. The guide will communicate the council’s requirements to prospective developers and their design teams.  The shortlisted developer is expected to appoint their own architect and design team to work on the site. The shortlisting of developers will commence in 2012.


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