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|Scottish Gaelic: Baile MacUisdein|
Hutchesontown shown within Glasgow
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Following the Second World War, Hutchesontown was declared a Comprehensive Development Area (CDA) in the aftermath of the Bruce Report. This called for the mass gentrification of the area which took the form of slum clearance and the replacement of overcrowded, insanitary tenement housing with new homes in high rise tower blocks.
Hutchesontown was effectively used as a testing ground for similar schemes around the city - it was decided to divide the area into five “zones” which were given to different architects to implement a mixture of different schemes.
Area A – on the northern side of Hutchesontown, was devoted to conventional maisonette style housing.
Area B – was given to architect Robert Matthew. His Waddell Court 16-storey blocks – built in 1964 - on the banks of the River Clyde still stand, and are widely regarded as the most successful of the Gorbals high-rises and have received numerous refurbishments in their lifetime.
Area C – was the responsibility of Basil Spence, and became the most infamous of the five schemes. The Queen Elizabeth Square blocks encountered numerous structural and social problems, and were demolished in 1993.
Area D – was developed by the newly created Scottish Special Housing Association; and consisted of four 24 storey blocks, and an estate of smaller maisonettes and 8-storey “mini-multis”. Two of the towers were demolished in 2004, the remaining two refurbished.
Area E consisted of an estate of five storey deck access blocks, and two 24-storey towers constructed in 1968. The low rise buildings became infested with damp and condensation problems within a few years and were declared unfit for habitation. They were finally demolished in 1987. The two towers were condemned in 2010 and were blown-down on the 21st of July 2013 at around 2pm.
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