THE demolition of Glasgow’s famous India Buildings has officially begun.

The Glasgow Times previously reported that Glasgow City Council approved the demolition of the 19th century building after the roof of the Southside property collapsed inward and significant movement was noted in the front facade on April 4.  

As a result, Bridge Street, where the building sat, was shut off to the public and an emergency evacuation of nearby residents took place.

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Glasgow City Council confirmed this week the building has continued to collapse with further movement seen in the roof and facade over recent days.

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The council revealed a large section of stone also fell from the facade onto Bridge Street on Tuesday afternoon, and significant movement was noted on the top storey at the southwest corner of the building.

The pavement on the west side of Bridge Street was closed as a result, and two nearby businesses were asked to shut by the council while additional public protection was installed.

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Amid the ongoing collapse, the demolition officially began on Wednesday, April 10, with the removal of the southwest corner.

New pictures captured today by our photographer Gordon Terris shows workers on cherry pickers, using equipment to knock into the building. 

Rubble was shown to be on the ground, and a corner of the building was destroyed. 

A spokesperson for the council said they are unable to give an estimate for how long the works will last at this time.

They added: "This is a very complex demolition, and as such it is difficult to give an exact timescale for its completion, but we will do all we can to ensure it is safely completed as soon as is possible - this is in everyone's interest."

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The demolition of the famous venue has caused outrage amongst councillors, locals and even celebrities.

We previously reported that Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand said the move will be a "great architectural loss" to the city.

Taking to X, he said: "This is a great architectural loss to Glasgow.

"I have a particular connection to this building, as just behind it is where Franz Ferdinand put on our first events in an old factory we called The Chateau. We used to enter it via this building sometimes."

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Kapranos' comments came in response to MSP Paul Sweeney's message on X regarding the demolition.

He wrote: "India Buildings on Bridge Street has had a roof collapse, destabilising the facade. Neighbouring residents have been evacuated.

"Demolition is sadly inevitable now. Just been on site. I'm working with council officers to try to save the carved pediment and chimneys from the roof."