Reprieve sought for condemned Wyndford tower blocks
September 20 2022
Moves to demolish four high-rise tower blocks at Glasgow's Wyndford estate have been questioned at a resident's meeting called to discuss a £54m regeneration programme.
Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) wants to clear 600 apartments to make way for 300 low-rise and energy-efficient homes but faces friction from opponents who argue that the embodied carbon of the towers should be factored into any decision.
Speaking out against demolition architect Alan Dunlop said: "It's odd that the housing association should be trumpeting the energy-efficient homes that would replace the Wyndford flats while ignoring the environmental destruction and waste that would happen in the event of their demolition. Surely it’s better to improve and retro-fit what’s there rather than reduce everything to rubble and dust and start all over again?
"I personally thought the attitude had started to change with the Red Road flats debacle of 2014. Some numpty with a PR qualification thought it’d be a great idea to blow up one of the blocks as part of the Commonwealth Games celebrations. It was then pointed out that the flats had been people’s homes and that other blocks were still being lived in and that blowing up what had been a community for a public-relations wheeze was a terrible and thoughtless idea, which it was and so thankfully the idea was dropped."
GHA content that demolition is a done deal, with preparatory works already underway to clear the site. It points to a tenant consultation which established that 85% backed redevelopment, rising to 87% among residents of the four tower blocks on Wyndford Road, although this is disputed by residents.
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