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Demolition in pictures: Glasgow's Red Road bites the dust

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The demolition of Glasgow’s infamous Red Road housing estate began last weekend with the controlled explosion of a 25-storey block

Designed by Glasgow Corporation architect Sam Bunton, the estate is being cleared as part of site owner Glasgow Housing Association’s (GHA) plans to regenerate the area.

Seven other multi-storey buildings on the estate – all completed between 1964 and 1969 – are planned for demolition by 2017. Red Road was originally designed for 4,700 residents but houses around 300 people today.

Alex McGuire, GHA 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.’

The steel-frame structure was wired with 275 kilos of explosives and 2,000 people were temporarily evacuated prior to demolition.


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