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Glasgow, Red Road Estate

Housing Estate(S) (Modern)

Site Name Glasgow, Red Road Estate

Classification Housing Estate(S) (Modern)

Alternative Name(s) Red Road Development; 10 Red Road Court; 33 Petershill Drive

Canmore ID 68148

Site Number NS66NW 40

NGR NS 620 674

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Glasgow, City Of
  • Parish Glasgow (City Of Glasgow)
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District City Of Glasgow
  • Former County Lanarkshire

Treasured Places (6 August 2007)

Built in the 1960s by Glasgow Corporation, the Red Road development was designed by Sam Bunton and Associates. The 20-acre site contained the highest multi-storey flats in Europe, consisting of six 31-storey blocks, two of 27-storeys and one of 3-storeys. By the 1980s the buildings had fallen into disrepair. Following renovation, they were converted into student accommodation, executive apartments and a YMCA.

Information from RCAHMS (SC) 6 August 2007

Horsey, M 1982

Recording Your Heritage Online

High Flats, Red Road, 1962, Sam Bunton

26- to 31-storey, steel-framed flats, built by the City's Direct Labour Organisation. When constructed, they were the tallest flats in Europe. 1980s refurbishment includes vigorous coloured patterns on elevations. Having acquired a notorious reputation, now to be demolished.

Taken from "Greater Glasgow: An Illustrated Architectural Guide", by Sam Small, 2008. Published by the Rutland Press http://www.rias.org.uk

Architecture Notes

ARCHITECT: Glasgow Corporation 1965

Bounded by Red Road, Petershill Drive.

Converted into students' accommodation, 1979-81.

Provision of "Defensible Space" measures.

Fire point blocks, two slab blocks of 30-32 storeys.

Red Road Estate

MS 751/2 Colin McWilliam Collection Acc No 1991/53 (unable to find anything in this manuscript box relating to the above site)

Activities

Photographic Record (23 October 1969)

Reference (1982)

NMRS REFERENCE

Glasgow, Red Road Estate.

ARCHITECT: Glasgow Corporation 1965

Bounded by Red Road, Petershill Drive.

Converted into students' accommodation, 1979-81.

Provision of "Defensible Space" measures.

Fire point blocks, two slab blocks of 30-32 storeys.

M Horsey 1982

Field Visit (1985)

Field Visit (May 1987)

Field Visit (September 1987)

Aerial Photography (1988)

Aerial Photography (1990)

Publication Account (1997)

Five 31-storey towers and two 27-storey slabs - at this completion, the highest housing blocks in Europe. The climax of Glasgow Corporation's drive to 'give the people homes', and the fulfilment of Sam Bunton's quest for an extravagantly tall, skyscaper-like expression for mass housing. Asbestos-clad, steel-framed structural design highly unusual in a housing context. (Fig. 4.58).

Information from 'Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75', (1997).

Aerial Photography (22 July 2005)

Aerial Photography (27 October 2005)

Aerial Photography (31 May 2006)

Photographic Record (March 2007)

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