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General view from West. Digital image of A 55629.

SC 721101

Description General view from West. Digital image of A 55629.

Date 5/1987

Catalogue Number SC 721101

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of A 55629

Scope and Content Red Road Development from the west, 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 tower blocks, grouped together above low-rise housing (left). At the time of construction, these structures were the tallest residential blocks in Europe. The walls are patterned by the repeating rows of windows and the darker spaces created by the glass-fronted balconies. 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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