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James

Ibroxholm demolition

Trio of towers to be demolished brick by brick (© Evening Times)



Three multi-storey blocks of flats in Glasgow will be demolished brick by brick by
the UK’s tallest demolition machine.


Contractors have moved on site in Ibrox and have begun preparing the first block
for demolition, which will start later this year. The blocks at 9 Ibrox Terrace and
8 and 15 Ibroxholm Oval will be the latest tower blocks to come down in an area
which has seen a dramatic change in it’s skyline. It comes after high rises in Broomloan
Court were demolished in the same way.

The 220ft demolition machine, which weighs more than 150 tonnes, will be brought
on site by one of the largest low loaders in the UK to start work at the Glasgow Housing
Association flats. At full extension, the long-reach excavator stands seven metres taller
than the famous Finnieston Crane on the banks of the River Clyde. A team of specialist
workers will travel with the machinery to the Ibrox flats where the machine will be
manoeuvred on to the site and assembled. Work is scheduled to start soon after.

The 22-storey blocks were earmarked for demolition following extensive consultation
with the local community. Almost 300 flats are scheduled to be demolished with work
expected to take nine months. Around 95% of the rubble from the buildings will be
recycled. The decision to demolish the flats was taken after they became less popular
with tenants and due to high running costs.

Hazel Young, GHA’s south area director, said: “The demolition of the multi-storey blocks
marks another step forward in the regeneration of the East Govan and Ibrox areas.
We’ve helped all the residents from the Ibrox flats settle into new homes – either in one
of our modernised and upgraded properties, a new-build home or in a home with
another social landlord.”

The ultra-long reach machine demolition method was chosen as it would cause the least
disruption to neighbouring properties, local businesses and commuters. All the residents
were rehomed in upgraded GHA properties, new-build homes or houses belonging to
other Registered Social Landlords, many of them in the local area. GHA is looking at
future options for the site.

The East Govan and Ibrox area is one of eight Transformational Regeneration Areas
(TRAs) in Glasgow – areas which have been earmarked for major regeneration involving
a number of partners, including Glasgow City Council, the Scottish Government, GHA
and other housing associations. GHA has two new-build developments in the area;
Holmfauldhead Drive, which is comprises 80 homes, is close to being completed and
work has started on 47 homes in Summertown Road.



James H
Stuball

Expect many a picture
fatweegee

Re: Ibroxholm demolition

Didnt know Ibroxholm were coming down, I thought only the Broomloan Road flats were being demolished in Govan, also heard that Iona Crt is coming down - only flats left in Govan will be the 2 blocks up by Govan High School just off Mallaig Road.
Stuball

The access to this site is at the back of the blocks along a fairly narrow road... I am curious how they intend on bringing in this machine
Stuball

The lowloader arrives today... cones are out and vehicles being relocated
fastnet

Guys.

One of the tower blocks is staying up.

It is going to be done up and used as flats for local workers, Nurses etc.

Rumours are the rents are going to be £450 per month.
Stuball

I read about that.... could it be the money the council make from the two communications masts outway the demolition costs?
Stuball

I've thought about this and it just doesn't make sense... surely the cost of refurbishing ONE block is going to be costing a lot more than demolishing the 3 of them and building some simple affordable housing in the footprint and surrounding area?
James

Stuball wrote:
I read about that.... could it be the money the council make from the two communications masts outway the demolition costs?

Surely not? The final Germiston towerblock that came down earlier this year
had a mast on it and they didnt bother keeping that.



James H
Stuball

I know but between 2 of the blocks, there is at least 6 com towers, 2 quite large ones and 4 smaller ones. There is also a very powerful lens camera on the block getting to stay.
It just doesn't seem right to keep one all of a sudden
cybers

Was it perhaps granted a stay of execution by Mr Salmond and his band of crusaders.
After all if you need to take the moral high ground against two major contributors to the Scottish Economy you would also need to take the high ground for its surveillance advantages on Old Firm Days.
Same reason perhaps there is no decision been made in the future of Helenvale.
Young_Gun

cybers wrote:
Was it perhaps granted a stay of execution by Mr Salmond and his band of crusaders.
After all if you need to take the moral high ground against two major contributors to the Scottish Economy you would also need to take the high ground for its surveillance advantages on Old Firm Days.
Same reason perhaps there is no decision been made in the future of Helenvale.


 !!!!!

You realise that Glasgow City Council is run by the Labour Party? And that Alex Salmond works in the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh and probably doesn't spend too much time on the phone to the Glasgow Housing Association telling them which tower blocks to keep and not?  
Gareth1974

Delightfully cynical Cybers.
James

Re: Ibroxholm demolition

Massive crane to demolish flats (© Evening Times)



The UK’s tallest demolition machine has arrived in Glasgow to begin bringing down
two blocks of multi-storey flats.


The 220ft long-reach machine is taller than a stack of 15 double-decker buses.
The Liebherr 984C, fitted with a Kocurek telescopic arm, weighs over 200 tonnes.

Thee flats at 8 Ibroxholm Oval and 9 Ibrox Terrace, in Ibrox, will be brought down
piece by piece over the next nine months. In total, 198 flats will be demolished.

Each block is 22 storeys high and already the brickwork is being chipped away
on one of the towers. A third high rise block which was due to be demolished will
be saved and transformed into new-look homes in a £7 million revamp.

The 22-storey block in Ibrox will be refurbished for young professionals and key
workers, such as nurses and staff at the nearby Southern General Hospital.
A team of specialist demolition workers travelled with the machine from Ipswich
to the flats which are owned by Glasgow Housing Association.

The residents in the two blocks were re-housed in either new-build properties, other
upgraded GHA homes in areas of their choice or in houses belonging to other
registered social landlords. Local residents have been kept informed of the
demolition and any road closures through a series of newsletters.

GHA is working in partnership with Glasgow City Council to bring forward plans for
the regeneration of the remainder of the site. David Fletcher, GHA’s Assistant
Director of Regeneration, said: “We are continuing to play a key role in changing
the face of Glasgow for the better and delivering social housing which is fit for
the 21st century. The use of the long-reach machine will minimise any disruption
to residents and local businesses while the demolition work takes place.”

Technical Demolition Services (TDS) has been appointed as the main contractor.
TDS has worked previously with GHA on demolitions at Plean Street in Yoker and
also in Sighthill. Craig Wilson, of TDS, said: “We are delighted to continue our
working relationship with GHA as part of the regeneration of Glasgow and we look
forward to yet another successful contract. We are always keen to invest in new
technology and, as a result, we’re excited to be using the new super high reach
machine in Scotland for the first time.”

The third block at the site at 15 Ibroxholm Oval was formerly used for social housing.
It is being retained by GHA and transformed into affordable mid-market flats to
rent for key workers and young professionals.

The Scottish Government recently approved a bid for £1.1 million from its Innovation
and Investment Fund towards the cost of refurbishing the block. The block at
15 Ibroxholm Oval, which was built in the 1960s, will be spared demolition.
GHA, which will fund the other £5.9m, will offer the flats at “mid-market rent” to
young professional people who are not ready to buy a home.



James H
James




James H
fastnet

Not long until the nibbler gets it's teeth into this..      


The final countdown by john.mcknight, on Flickr
Stuball

The nibbler appears to be away just now... and one of the flats in that block still has all its windows intact
fastnet

I don't think it will be long after the aeriels come off stu.
Stuball

They've taken most of them off already (I can see them from my window)
fastnet

I only took that pic on Friday......
Stuball

The aerials are on the other block, behind it :p
fastnet

I need specsavers........  
wombatrock

Demolition starts on the next block within the next couple of weeks. The blocks with the windows intact is not scheduled for demolition. Its a full refurb, which also starts shortly I believe.
fastnet

Demolition started..


Ibroxholm demolition. by john.mcknight, on Flickr


falling. by john.mcknight, on Flickr


Nibble nibble. by john.mcknight, on Flickr
Doog Doog

great pics. Seen that on friday going to Asda.
fastnet


Ibroxholm oval demolition by john.mcknight, on Flickr


Coming down. by john.mcknight, on Flickr
Doog Doog

Again great pics. Those flats just look so flimsy.
fastnet

New website up for the refurbrished block..... £420 for a one bedroom flat..  

http://www.ibroxholm.com/
norrie

Hi fastnet, great shots of the flats and the view over Glasgow
Where did you take them from ?
fastnet

The top floor from the Dumbreck flats norrie...
Hawick_1987

fastnet wrote:
New website up for the refurbrished block..... £420 for a one bedroom flat..  

http://www.ibroxholm.com/


I love those artist impressions where all the people look trendy and there's not an Adidas Tracksuit in sight!  

I don't know what that effect is called your second from last set Fastnet, but I like it  
smb95

Has the block opened yet?
smb95

Glad to see the block has a decent amount of people living in it, as evident from being stuck in the M8 for a few minutes, at night.
fastnet

smb95 wrote:
Has the block opened yet?


It is 70% full just now....
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