GALLOWGATE TWINS (DEMOLISHED)
WHERE WAS IT? Pushing up through the east end skyline, located on Whitevale Street in Dennistoun, just of Gallowgate
The Gallowgate Twins were demolished in 2016. We have kept this page so that you can view our pictures and find out more about the history of the buildings.
The Gallowgate Twins was an affectionate nickname for the twin tower blocks that rise up at the edge of the Gallowgate district, just off Duke Street. When silhouetted by the sun, they are said to offer a ghostly resemblance of the World Trade Centre in New York, sadly destroyed in the 9/11 terrorist attack.
Tower One was located at 51 Whitevale Street, while the second was found at 109 Bluevale Street. While they are not the most attractive or desired building in Scotland, they are in fact the tallest in the country. The 30-floor building stretches up to an impressive 298 feet, just over 90 metres. They also have some unique design features, such as hydraulic lifts built into the foundations that correct the buildings sway, a necessary aspect due to their towering height.
The buildings were erected during the Glasgow housing crisis in the 1960s. They are the last remnants of an era that brought poorly designed and cheaply constructed schemes. Many similar buildings from that era have since been demolished, most notably the Queen Elizabeth blocks in the Gorbals district, and the notorious brutalist Red Road flats in Balornock.
The two towers were condemned in 2011 and the decision was made to demolish them. However, due to their proximity to a rail line, the towers could not simply be blown up. Instead, they had to be systematically disassembled floor by floor from the top down. This complex process meant that only one tower could be worked on at a time, so while work began on Bluevale in January 2015, demolition of the Whitevale finished over a year later in 2016.
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