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Detail of specimen block.

SC 721093

Description Detail of specimen block.

Date 1985

Catalogue Number SC 721093

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of B 60284

Scope and Content Steps at the entrance to part of the Red Road Development, Glasgow The Red Road Development was commissioned in 1960 to house people from the demolished slums of Glasgow. It was designed 1960-2 by Sam Bunton & Associates, and built 1962-9. The 8.7 hectare site contains six 31-storeyed tower blocks containing 720 flats; two 27-storeyed slab blocks; and one three-storeyed block. This shows the concrete steps which lead up to the entrance of one of the blocks. The side wall is pierced with rectangular windows, and the section to the right has an abstract design moulded into it for decoration. The flats above have glass-fronted balconies and storey-height panels, originally of asbestos, fixed to a steel frame. The Red Road flats were designed to accommodate people after widespread demolition of slum housing in Glasgow. The development held 4,700 people in its 8.7 hectare site, the same as a small town. The blocks were declared unfit for habitation in 1980, and have since been converted to use as student accommodation, a YMCA, and executive flats. This development has been selected as one of Scotland's key 20th-century Modern architectural monuments. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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