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MacTaggart & Mickel probe Eaglesham explosion

August 24 2012

MacTaggart & Mickel probe Eaglesham explosion
Mactaggart & Mickel have confirmed that an investigation is now underway after residents complained of an explosion at the site of an ‘exemplar’ Scottish Government backed eco-village.

Contractors had been on the site, which neighbours the 18th century conservation village of Eaglesham, conducting a planned programme of blasting activity.

It is believed this process went awry with rocks and debris raining down on nearby properties.

Ed Monaghan, Chief Executive of Mactaggart & Mickel commented, “Our investigation into yesterday’s incident is well underway and I would like to stress again that fortunately there were no injuries.

 “We had a team of tradesmen and labourers onsite until darkness last night and they resumed work this morning to effect repairs and clear up debris to the affected properties.

 “We are endeavouring to contact personally all affected residents although it would appear that a few individuals may be on holiday.
 “A number of residents have requested structural surveys to provide reassurance that their properties have no structural damage and we have instructed specialists to undertake these surveys.

 “We are working closely with the Health & Safety Executive and the company who were sub-contracted to undertake the site clearance to establish what went wrong.

 “Although neighbouring residents were notified that there would be a period of blasting and that surveys were carried out in advance on over 100 properties, we can now confirm that there will be no further such activity on this site.

“A detailed record is being maintained of damage that has been incurred and everyone can be reassured that we will assist all those affected.”

Polnoon will eventually comprise 121 homes designed by Proctor and Matthews Architects with Horner + Maclennan Landscape Architects.
The accident evoked memories of Michael Caine's experience with a 1969 Mini in the Italian Job
The accident evoked memories of Michael Caine's experience with a 1969 Mini in the Italian Job
The design is intended to respect the adjacent village and moorland
The design is intended to respect the adjacent village and moorland


#1 Posted by wonky on 24 Aug 2012 at 19:01 PM
Whoop! Whoop! Whoopee! ANother one of those bourgeois eco-villages sprouting up all over the greenbelt like organic mushrooms in a Waitrose fungus farm...forward thinking & prescience on a mass scale...with the reassuring dummy-tit image of the car as the axis of this ecological Shangri-La...just a pity the explosion didn't happen AFTER the white elephant was built!
walt disney
#2 Posted by walt disney on 27 Aug 2012 at 14:29 PM
Firstly its not an eco village. Its the first development to be built in Scotland to Designing Streets Standards.

Secondly, the land wasn't 'Greenbelt'.

Thirdly, not everyone can live in a trendy west end flat or a converted steading in the Western Isles. Your comment betrays the bourgois nature of architecture and architects.

Lastly, there's nothing funny about explosions.
Art Vandelay
#3 Posted by Art Vandelay on 27 Aug 2012 at 16:54 PM
I like it.

But first development to be built to Designing Streets standards? Hardly. The Drum, anyone?

In any case, it's nice to see the utopia that has been punted in a thousand local authority residential design guides finally coming to fruition...
#4 Posted by wonky on 27 Aug 2012 at 19:08 PM
disney: It is an eco-village. Read the article or go to the Polnoon Masterplan website to see.
Secondly, the land IS greenbelt. How else do you describe a swathe of green fields on the edge of Eaglesham stretching as far as the eye can see?
Thirdly. What's the point of even answering your point? What does it even mean and what does it have to do with my facetious remarks?
When did I say there was anything funny about explosions? No one was hurt thank God. That's all that matters. But I hope you feel superior for judging me like you did.
Eaglesham is already an affluent suburban area largely dominated by middle class professional- so why not build such 'exemplar' villages in inner city places such as Gallowgate, Royston, Sighthill, Toryglen or even down at the river side to name but a few places...why away out in a place with little or no public transport.
We're back to the old problem of the car and the lack of localized transport infrastructure in Scotland. These are serious issues. You are merely Pretending to be ecological aware when you use sustainable materials to build houses that are inhabited by people who are utterly dependent upon one of the most devastating engines of environmental pollution- the car.

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