RESIDENTS of high rise blocks in the Gorbals will be consulted on whether the scheme should be demolished. 

New Gorbals Housing Association sent residents a letter on Tuesday informing them that, unless extensive and extremely disruptive work was undertaken to reclad the flats, their homes would have to be demolished. 

The flats, if torn down, will join a long list of buildings destroyed to make way for the new in the Gorbals. 

Glasgow Times:

No other area in Glasgow - arguably the world - has seen such frequent and comprehensive change as this small neighbourhood south of the Clyde, beginning in the 1960s when most of its tenements were condemned as slums and torn down to make way for new, ambitious tower blocks that architects and the city planners’ office believed could cure all society’s problems. 

Soon enough, they were met with the same social ills of poverty, crime and drug use and again, the bulldozers and dynamite were called.

Glasgow Times:

The demolition of the 20-storey Queen Elizabeth Square towers in 1993 sounded the firing gun for the levelling of the Gorbals.

Tragically a 61-year-old spectator who was well-known in the community, Helen Tinney, was tragically killed by a piece of shrapnel. 

Stirlingfauld Place came down in 2008, followed by the two towers at Sandiefield Road, as the new Gorbals grew up around it. 

The two hulking giants at Norfolk Court, familiar to commuters coming into Central Station, were blown up in 2016. 

Glasgow Times:

The low-rise development Laurieston Living replaced the Stirlingfauld and Norfolk Court flats and is a mixture of private and social rent with little remaining of the area but the street names. 

It is here and in other new developments where the residents of the twin Hutchesontown towers would expect to be rehoused in the main, should the towers be destroyed.