Tower Block Demolitions - Rolling Updates!

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Re: Tower Block Demolitions - Rolling Updates!

Postby Lawman » Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:15 am

I passed by on Saturday, one of them is down to 3 or 4 floors high and has the main platform removed, a very neat job and it doesn't look like it has been demolished as such. Very clever.

I have noticed more activity on the Red Road site, a lot of the red netting has been removed from a few floors too.
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Re: Not quite a Tower Block Demolition - Rolling Updates!

Postby kirstymaclaren » Sun Jun 07, 2015 9:37 pm

The Egg Man wrote:Safedem have moved on-site of their latest job, sealing off a 10 storey slab block on Glasgow’s St Vincent Street between Elderslie St and Elliot St in readiness for its demolition.

The fourth phase of the ongoing regeneration of the Anderston Estate, led by Sanctuary Scotland, the project will see the historic street pattern reinstated and hundreds of new flats built in line with a master plan prepared by Mast Architects, better integrating the area with the surrounding city.

It follows the delivery of 109 new apartments and maisonettes designed by Cooper Cromar architects, clad in buff brick and rising to no more than six storeys.


Hi all, was this demolished as a blow down or was it nibbled down?
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Re: Tower Block Demolitions - Rolling Updates!

Postby The Egg Man » Mon Jun 08, 2015 10:53 am

Nibbled - very slowly. They seem to have started at the back of the site and will no doubt get to St Vincent St soon.

I think the hoppos have gone - dunno where but last I looked they'd left the trees.
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Re: Tower Block Demolitions - Rolling Updates!

Postby pingu » Fri Jul 03, 2015 11:33 am

people in Barmulloch getting leaflets now saying the blowdown for the red road will be on the 11th October.
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Re: Tower Block Demolitions - Rolling Updates!

Postby Buzby » Mon Aug 03, 2015 7:55 am

Apropos the YMCA / David Naismith Tower blowdown in October - there is another 'first' worth remembering. The roof of this block was the location of Glasgow's very first cellular (mobile phone) base station. It required the lifting of a pre-built portacabin containing all the electronics by crane. Organised by BT onbehalf of TSCR Ltd (Telecom Securicor Cellular Radio) trading as 'Cellnet' - it was linked to Glasgow's Pitt Street exchange by microwave, and on to Manchester where the Cellnet control centre was located.

In 1983 the service went live in Glasgow and Edinburgh, but only for testing purposes - the rest of the year was used providing infill for the analogue servce that used the 900MHz band. The Tower was both a boon and a curse, It's height meant a mobile in the east of Glasgow could connect to the network and make calls, but as the first BTS (Base Transmitting Station) it had a capability of handling just 16 concurrent calls. If all channels were in use, users got the 'busy' tone until a channel became free.

Racal Vodafone were concentrating in covering the SE of England so they did not arrive until the following year - but whilst the location of Logie Baird's first TV demonstrations in Scotland still exists (MacLellan Galleries), Glasgow will lose its first cellular footsteps in the city in October 2015. Yes, the radio equipment has already been removed, but for all that, I was always comforted by knowing the tower was keeping me connected.
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Re: Tower Block Demolitions - Rolling Updates!

Postby Vinny the Mackem » Mon Aug 03, 2015 9:14 am

Buzby wrote:Apropos the YMCA / David Naismith Tower blowdown in October - there is another 'first' worth remembering. The roof of this block was the location of Glasgow's very first cellular (mobile phone) base station. It required the lifting of a pre-built portacabin containing all the electronics by crane. Organised by BT onbehalf of TSCR Ltd (Telecom Securicor Cellular Radio) trading as 'Cellnet' - it was linked to Glasgow's Pitt Street exchange by microwave, and on to Manchester where the Cellnet control centre was located.

In 1983 the service went live in Glasgow and Edinburgh, but only for testing purposes - the rest of the year was used providing infill for the analogue servce that used the 900MHz band. The Tower was both a boon and a curse, It's height meant a mobile in the east of Glasgow could connect to the network and make calls, but as the first BTS (Base Transmitting Station) it had a capability of handling just 16 concurrent calls. If all channels were in use, users got the 'busy' tone until a channel became free.

Racal Vodafone were concentrating in covering the SE of England so they did not arrive until the following year - but whilst the location of Logie Baird's first TV demonstrations in Scotland still exists (MacLellan Galleries), Glasgow will lose its first cellular footsteps in the city in October 2015. Yes, the radio equipment has already been removed, but for all that, I was always comforted by knowing the tower was keeping me connected.

Fascinating stuff! Never really thought about the first masts etc. Another bit of history disappears.
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Re: Tower Block Demolitions - Rolling Updates!

Postby RapidAssistant » Tue Aug 11, 2015 4:10 pm

Any updates on Norfolk Court, Laurieston ? - it seems to be lingering on well past its execution date.
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Re: Tower Block Demolitions - Rolling Updates!

Postby Guacho » Thu Aug 13, 2015 10:41 pm

Not long now

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Re: Tower Block Demolitions - Rolling Updates!

Postby Boxer6 » Sun Sep 27, 2015 1:31 pm

Red Road blowdown doesn't yet have a definitive time that I can find; I only know residents within the (fairly extensive) exclusion zone will require to evacuate between 8am and 9pm on the day. (11th October).
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Re: Tower Block Demolitions - Rolling Updates!

Postby Lawman » Sat Oct 10, 2015 12:49 pm

Red Road tomorrow, then.

Is anybody going for a look? Where would be good vantage point?
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Re: Tower Block Demolitions - Rolling Updates!

Postby Guacho » Sun Oct 11, 2015 10:51 am

Looks like it will be between 3 and 4. Anywhere would be good, they're huge ::):
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Re: Tower Block Demolitions - Rolling Updates!

Postby RDR » Sun Oct 11, 2015 12:18 pm

Lawman wrote:Red Road tomorrow, then.

Is anybody going for a look? Where would be good vantage point?


The car park at Tesco St Rollox, gives you a good view of them, but I would guess several hundred people might have already thought of that :D
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Re: Tower Block Demolitions - Rolling Updates!

Postby yoker brian » Sun Oct 11, 2015 6:10 pm

From what I've seen from online footage two of the blocks failed to impact as planned following the detonation of the explosive charges, leaving the guys from safedem with a couple of unwanted stauners (as they say in Glasgow)
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Re: Tower Block Demolitions - Rolling Updates!

Postby darrel » Sun Oct 11, 2015 6:37 pm

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=n5RgpVhWMik
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Re: Tower Block Demolitions - Rolling Updates!

Postby Lawman » Sun Oct 11, 2015 6:49 pm

That didn't quite go to plan... ::):

Red Road? Red neck!

Could be a bit of a nightmare to clear that up.
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