A CONTROVERSIAL building project has finally stopped work after the Scottish Government stepped in.

The Glasgow Times told last month how workers at the Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area were being forced to work despite the instruction that all construction work should stop due to the coronavirus crisis.

Staff were given a week away from the site while contractor Morgan Sindall said it was putting social distancing measures in place.

But workers were called back to the £250 million project on Monday - despite the main funder, Glasgow City Council, pulling staff off the site and condemnation from union bosses and the Scottish Government.

Finally work has now been ended.

A spokesman said: “Following clarity from the Scottish Government, we are today demobilising and making safe the Sighthill site until such time as we are permitted to re-commence activity.

"As always, our priority remains the health and wellbeing of our people.

"We continue to monitor the situation and evolving guidance very closely.”

Workers at the site expressed their relief that they could now go home and be with their families during the Covid-19 outbreak.

One said: "This is the right decision, I can't understand why it has taken so long though.

"The Scottish Government has always been clear construction work would stop but the company went with Westminster government advice.

"I'm so glad to get back to my family. I was putting them at risk by having to go to work."