Review Into Botched Red Road Demolition

12 October 2015, 16:53

An independent technical review is to be carried out into the partial demolition of two of Glasgow's iconic Red Road flats.

Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) announced the move as it said Sunday's blowdown "didn't go completely to plan''.

Under the initial plans, the six tower blocks were to be left with 10 storeys remaining, to be dismantled later.

But four of the six multi-storey flats appeared to be brought down in a single blast, with two remaining partially upright.

It is understood that up to 2,500 people were delayed getting back into their homes by about an hour.

The GHA later apologised for the delay and any inconvenience caused.

In a statement issued today, the housing association confirmed that an independent technical review would be carried out into the partial demolition of two of the six remaining high-rise blocks at Red Road.

A GHA spokesman said: "Although it was always intended that 10 storeys in each of the six blocks would remain for dismantling after the blowdown, this didn't go completely to plan.

"Two of the blocks at 123 Petershill Drive and 10 Red Road Court were left with 11 and 13 storeys respectively still standing.

"Our demolition contractor Safedem has confirmed these two remaining blocks are stable and they will now determine in the days ahead the best method for completing their demolition.''

He added: "In the meantime, we have commissioned an independent technical review of Sunday's blowdown and would like to thank again the residents who were asked to leave their homes.

"We very much appreciate their co-operation and patience and hope they understand the reason for the slight delay in them getting back to their homes on Sunday was because the demolition contractor needed to be absolutely sure it was safe for them to do so.''

Safedem, the contractors tasked with demolishing the flats, later confirmed they were set to begin work this week on dismantling the remaining blocks involved in Sunday's blowdown.

Safedem managing director William Sinclair said: "Two of the six blocks involved in Sunday's blowdown didn't fall exactly as planned. Instead of 10 storeys remaining in all of the blocks, we now have 13 still standing at Red Road Court and 11 at Petershill Drive.

"However, we will proceed with our original plan of dismantling all of the blocks using routine machine demolition methods. Preparations for this are already under way and high-reach machinery will begin taking down what's left of the blocks this week.''

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