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Cumbernauld tower blocks facing wipeout

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January 17 2012

Cumbernauld tower blocks facing wipeout
Cumbernauld’s skyline is set to be changed forever after Sanctuary Cumbernauld won funding from the Scottish Government to demolish the town’s tower blocks – all 12 of them.

£3.2m is being committed to buy out 100 private owners of the blocks in order to progress the £70m project, driven by a need to replace substandard accommodation with 440 new energy efficient homes.

Approval was granted following a poll of local residents which found that 72% were in favour of the redevelopment programme.

Peter Martin, Sanctuary’s director of development, said: “The vast majority of high-rise residents support our plans which – if approved by the local planning authority – will give a £70m plus shot in the arm to the local economy, sustain jobs in construction and create new jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities for the local community.”

The tallest block in the serial Carbuncle offender is the 55m tall Stuart House.

3 Comments

Ross
#1 Posted by Ross on 19 Jan 2012 at 11:02 AM
Excellent news. All these tower blocks should be viewed as substandard accommodation and demolition should be mandatory. Well done Sanctuary!
Tom
#2 Posted by Tom on 22 Jan 2012 at 15:26 PM
Cumbernauld is losing its landmarks, sureley refurbishment would be a more sustainable option?
Sven
#3 Posted by Sven on 2 Feb 2012 at 08:29 AM
@ Tom, in what way is demolishing more sustainable than demolishing them? 72% of residents wanted them demolished and they are difficult to let. There is no point in putting makeup on a corpse.

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