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Alex Glass

Glasgow's High Rise

Fastnet suggested that there should ne a thread about Glasgow's High Rise Flats so here are some photos to get it started.

POLLOKSHAWS SHAWBRIDGE REGENERATION







James

Sighthill



James H
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Birness Drive

BIRNESS



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Anderston

ANDERSTON

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Kennishead

KENNISHEAD





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Stirlingfauld

STIRLINGFAULD





schiehallion

The multis at Cathkinview Place near to Hampden Park during the big lightning storm a few years ago.





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Townhead

Thanks James and Schiehallion

TOWNHEAD







Now repaired
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Fountainwell

All gone

FOUNTAINWELL

schiehallion

My old house back in the 80's arrowed.



View from that flat in 1985 looking towards the Pollokshaws shopping arcade.

Alex Glass

More Sighthill

SIGHTHILL



Fjord

Dramatic lightning pics schiehallion  



Gorbals before they blew two of them down




distant Castlemilk flats with the former Toryglen (Sony Bravia ad) multi in the foreground
schiehallion

Sony Bravia TV advert multi in Prospecthill Circus, Toryglen about to be demolished.  Hampden Park in the foreground and the Cranhill water tower in the background.



On its way down....



Down...

Fjord

The Gorbals Twins: gone on 6 seconds




taken from McNeil Street
Alex Glass

Whitevale

WHITEVALE

schiehallion

Great black and white dust action there Fjord.

Those Castlemilk flats again....



Then there were three...



The spooky thing about these two photos are they were taken ages apart yet the shadow on the brown multi is virtually identical in both photos!
Fjord

Wow! Now that's clever, I'm impressed what you can do with some Heavy Chimney Evidence.
Stuball

Fjord wrote:
The Gorbals Twins: gone on 6 seconds




taken from McNeil Street


What is that building on the right?
fastnet

Great pics guys.

I will post some tomorrow when i get home.
James

Townhead



Sighthill



Stirlingfaulds



Maryhill



Saint Georges Cross



James H
xxx zos xxx

forgot i had this.  turned up as the siren went off
fastnet

great pics everyone.

cranhill at night.



Red road.



Maryhill......the still game one.

fastnet

Hawthorn St.



Balgrayhill.



Wellfield.



Red Rd.

Lone Groover



Broomhill (above)

Space city (below)







www.flickr.com/photos/davetrott/
Alex Glass

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Big Thank You To Fastnet For Arranging Access To Red Road Flats Roof

















Fjord

You couldn't have picked a better day for it 
fastnet

Alex.

i love the one with all the spires in it.

i never noticed all of them.      
Fjord

Red Road from a few years ago





Alex Glass

Fjord wrote:
Red Road from a few years ago



Another fire!

Fjord

Alex Glass wrote:


Another fire!


Rumour has it the IOC keeps the Olympic flame in that block
Stuball



fastnet

That 2nd one looks really weird stu.

great capture though.  
Alex Glass

This may seem off topic but during the wander round the Red Road flats we went to the area where the local services where located.



What appeared at first to be a couple of local shops proved to be something more. Although much of what was previously available is now long gone.



The complex was built over two levels with the entertainment located in the lower level.



Although there only remains signs of what was a pub there was at one time a bingo located on the lower level.

When we were wandering round the area we came across what we thought was a car park. I have since been told that this was where the bingo was located.









At one time there was also a supermarket but it was destroyed by fire and demolished.



Now only two shops appear to be still trading





Although maybe this unit is open on selective days



Although it may be slightly off topic it is a feature of high rise living.
fastnet

Fantastic pics alex.

i should have followed you....    
Alex Glass

We had a bit more time than you Fastnet

Maybe the next time you will have more time to do a bit of exploring.

James and Stu are great Urban Explorers and it was a privilege for me to be able to spend a bit of time with them.

So thanks again for arranging this for us
Stuball

That was a bingo? Frakkin hell, what happened to it?
Chief Inspector

me

think the bit u where in there mate was the car park at the back of the bingo.

if u took the pics under where presto's used to be then it was the car park

there was a tramp who lived in the inshot bit to the right of the entrance for years....canny remember his name tho

ta
John

Great pics guys, great view from up there
Chief Inspector

fastnet

That would make a great tilt shift pic chief....    
Alex Glass

me wrote:
think the bit u where in there mate was the car park at the back of the bingo.

if u took the pics under where presto's used to be then it was the car park

there was a tramp who lived in the inshot bit to the right of the entrance for years....canny remember his name tho

ta


Thanks Me

I take it to get to the bingo you had to walk through the door which would have been facing you at the bottom of this stair.

me

i think that pic there is the stairs to the car park.....
the only way into the bingo was the door next to the briggs bar(down the other stairs)

the briggs had another door round the corner facing the play area too
James

As Alex said, a big thanks to Fastnet for arranging our trip up the Red Road Flats.  






















James H
James

Maryhill


Roystonhill


Charles Street & Townhead


Balgrayhill


Wellfield



James H
Chief Inspector

amen

fastnet

Chief Inspector wrote:
amen




               
cybers

On a side note i worked on the red road flats in the 90's
They replaced all the windows and it was not a bad job for the first 3 or 4 weeks.
Then the wieghted syringes started raining down on us. The gaffer refused to finish the job unless the scaffolders put a top lift above our heads...
Kinda Ironic we wanted protection when these poor sods had to provide it.

The first 10 floors were a piece of pi$$ .... after that we all got a little twitchy on the scaffold it was honestly the first job i had been on where everyone wanted to wear the harness.

Not the place to be on a sunday morning after a right good session though  
 
Stuball

Chief Inspector wrote:
amen



God should ask for it back
Stuball

Long way down





Just cause it annoys James..



All the other pics posted so far echo ones already posted in this thread... but you can see them HERE
Stuball

I've added some more from the Red Road area... some examples





The Last Outpost





wee minx

I really like that last one
Stuball

wee minx wrote:
I really like that last one


Thanks, really like that one myself :)
Fjord

Lawmoor street  Gorbals

There's been a few changes since this photo was taken notably the ongoing M74 extension cuts right through the foreground meanwhile the two rearmost Gorbals Multis have been demolished.

kev

Flats at Balgary hill...Remember being there the day they were officialy opened



Fjord

Splendid bit of social plaque-age  

These days PM's are more noteworthy for waging wars or breaking banks but without the plaques...  
kev

These photographs are priceless...Imagine...200 years from now...10,000 weeks.. Glaswegiens looking back and thinking my god what were they thinking about when they were living in those awful places....but in these days of plenty its easy to forget how sh*te it must have been in the tenements ...those flats were a total world away from what had been before and its right that these now should be documented.....sorry... pissed again and on a rant
cybers

Whitevale and Bluevale St respectively (No Yesterday    )
HollowHorn

Southern Necropolis:





cybers

Cracking pics HH cant help but wonder if the bright yellow signs should not be in the background rather than the foreground building.  
The wife had a mad as a brush aunty that lived in those multi's.
She could not walk down the road without tasting stuff... Bus shelters, walls, lamp-posts lift buttons you name it it all got licked.
She died and left almost 250k to an animal sanctuary as well as some generous bequeaths in her will for some members of the family... And some right good piss your self laughing remarks in her will for the vultures who only visited her when she was dead but to look at her you would have thought she was skint.
Never judge a book by the cover.
wee minx

, maybe she was getting some kind of good vitamins from it all
fastnet

Norfolk court.



cybers

wee minx wrote:
, maybe she was getting some kind of good vitamins from it all


It put her in the hossie on more than one occasion from poisoning to shock therapy ... I said she was eccentric but the wife was convinced she was fooking nuts.

The wifes mother said she went a bit scatty trying to make the transition from Farmyard Ireland to Highrise Scotland... That and her man running away with the local hussy...
Lone Groover



On reflection it was a nice day

www.flickr.com/photos/davetrott/
cybers

Lone Groover wrote:


On reflection it was a nice day

www.flickr.com/photos/davetrott/


Aye it dont look too bad in there at all.
HollowHorn

Why is Red Road so called?
wee minx

Lone Groover wrote:


On reflection it was a nice day

www.flickr.com/photos/davetrott/


That's a cracker  
steve_zodiac

Glasgow's high rise

When I was growing up in Blackhill (been a while ago) I was always fascinated by the high rise tower blocks around the city, and being able to see the Red Road blocks from my granny's window. And when we used to walk to my aunties in Barrowfield we'd pass along Millerston Street where the two other tower blocks were just being built.

Does anyone know where Glasgow's highest tower blocks are. Are they the ones at Red Road?
James

(Topics merged)

Try in here, steve_zodiac.  


James H
James

Re: Glasgow's high rise

steve_zodiac wrote:
Does anyone know where Glasgow's highest tower blocks are. Are they the ones at Red Road?

Almost certainly. They were, IIRC, 30, 31 and 32 storeys high. They were also
the only steel-girder-framed towers built in the city, hence the reason they have
to be dis-mantled as opposed to blown down...


James H
HollowHorn

james73 wrote:
(Topics merged)

Yi merged oot my reply, ya bam.  
Stuball

HollowHorn wrote:
Why is Red Road so called?


Because the road that goes by is called Red Road? Even though only one of the is actually on Red Road
HollowHorn

Stuball wrote:
Because the road that goes by is called Red Road?

Yes, by why 'Red Road'?

It's like drawing teeth, btw.
James

HollowHorn wrote:
james73 wrote:
(Topics merged)

Yi merged oot my reply, ya bam.  



James H
Stuball

HollowHorn wrote:
Stuball wrote:
Because the road that goes by is called Red Road?

Yes, by why 'Red Road'?

It's like drawing teeth, btw.


Cause it wasnt blue?
cybers

Err might be wrong but dont actually think they were originally given that name... (Like Squinty Bridge)
I remember refferring to them as the Red Road donks ago and an auld doll getting awfy upset about it...
AlanM

Are the flats on Bluevale St and Whitevale St not slightly taller?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_buildings_in_Glasgow
James

AlanM wrote:
Are the flats on Bluevale St and Whitevale St not slightly taller?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_buildings_in_Glasgow

Looks like it, according to that. Funny how the Red Road flats are often called
the tallest residential building in Europe though, innit?

I see 240 Roystonhill is still listed there - that was blown down in June 1992, the
first to get blown down in the city, IIRC.



James H
Stuball

james73 wrote:
AlanM wrote:
Are the flats on Bluevale St and Whitevale St not slightly taller?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_buildings_in_Glasgow

Looks like it, according to that. Funny how the Red Road flats are often called
the tallest residential building in Europe though, innit?

I see 240 Roystonhill is still listed there - that was blown down in June 1992, the
first to get blown down in the city, IIRC.



James H


Remember you have to sometimes take wikipedia entries with a pinch of salt...

And if 240 Roystonhill is still listed, you could always remove it
AlanM

James, the 240 roystonhill block is listed as demolished on the cited source - skyscrapernews.com. the wiki entry is obviously a bit out of date but the source is more up to date although they haven't listed the Sighthill blocks as demolished
kev

Remember one day in 1984 when I was working for Granada TV rentals and was delivering a telly to a flat in 240 royston..which has to be said was not the most salubrious of places.There was a guy waiting at the lift in the ground floor "foyer" with one of those total hardman dugs  ..american pitbull or the like.. when the lift opened there was another guy with a gay dog...not sure which make... and the hardman dug went totaly berko and attacked it.It had its teeth right into the poor gay dog and wouldnt let go .The hardmans owner seeing I had tools asked to borrow a screwdriver which I gave him and he stuck it right into his dogs mouth and twisted it which did the trick..always been wary of those dogs ever since..
Fjord

Norfolk Court: Gorbals

Fjord

It's all change at the Gorbals now that the freightliner terminal has long gone and so does it's long historical railway association. The M74 extension will cut right through this scene. Ironically a new Bus depot will be built on part of the site once the roadworks are complete. The planning application has recently been submitted.    



Briefly it was Pikeyland Caravan site c.1995
Stuball

I don't think I'd ever been so close!

cybers

Adelphi St
Alex Glass

Great photos from everyone

Helenvale Flats

Marti

Alex Glass

Various shots of the Red Road Flats









Alex Glass

109 Bluevale





cybers

Towards the city
kev

Townhead flats taken outside Baird st police office

Saltmarketeer

kev wrote:
Townhead flats taken outside Baird st police office


Helping them with their enquiries?

Saltmarketeer

Townhead





kev

cybers wrote:
Towards the city

That is a fab photo..did you take it ?
cybers

Sure did Kev.... Was doing a wee job for a mate with a SkiDoo in the basin and this was an idea i had for about 6 months for this photo.
Though it was only when i went to go back to the car i noticed the great sunset behind me.
sputnik

hey cybers that pic just blew me away mate ,i love it ,well done.
kev

Same flats ..on the site of Duke st prison

fastnet

Kev...........          
kev

Possilpark taken from Panmure st

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