List of tallest buildings and structures in Glasgow
This List of tallest buildings in Glasgow includes built and planned high-rise buildings in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom.
Faced with crippling housing shortages and overcrowding in the immediate post-war period, the city undertook the building of multi-storey housing in tower blocks in the 1960s and early 1970s on a grand scale, which led to Glasgow becoming the first truly high-rise city in Britain. However, many of these "schemes", as they are known, were poorly planned, or badly designed and cheaply constructed, which led to many of the blocks becoming insanitary magnets for crime and deprivation.
It would not be until 1988 that high rises were built in the city once again, with the construction of the 17-storey Forum Hotel (latterly the Moat House International Hotel, and now the Crowne Plaza Hotel) next to the SECC. The 20-storey Hilton Hotel in Anderston followed in 1992. From the early 1990s, Glasgow City Council and its successor, the Glasgow Housing Association, have run a programme of demolishing the worst of the residential tower blocks, including Basil Spence's Gorbals blocks in 1993.
The current tallest buildings in Glasgow are the Bluevale and Whitevale Towers, in the East End of the city, both at 90.80 metres. The tallest building ever to have stood in Glasgow was the 91.44m Tait Tower in Bellahouston, built for the Empire Exhibition of 1938, but pulled down the following year.
Since the late 1990s, property developers have been planning new upmarket residential and office high-rises along the River Clyde, and in the city's financial district, which will far surpass these in height.
The term "tallest building in Glasgow" is itself ambiguous. At present four structures in the city can make a claim for the title depending on which measurement is used:
- The Glasgow Tower as part of the Glasgow Science Centre on Prince's Dock on the South Bank of the River Clyde, holds the overall title as the tallest free-standing structure in Glasgow, and the whole of Scotland at a height of 127 metres (417 ft), however this measurement includes the structure's spire, the observation deck is at a height of 105 metres, and the structure does not have floors continuously from the ground and therefore it is not considered a building by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).
- The twin public housing tower blocks in Camlachie – the Bluevale and Whitevale Towers at 109 Bluevale Street and 51 Whitevale Street are the tallest buildings in the city overall, with a ground-to-roof height of 90.8 metres (267 feet), but have a highest occupied floor level of 28 storeys.
- The 89 m (292 ft) high point blocks of the Red Road high rise estate in Balornock have a claim to the title for having the highest occupied floor level of 30 storeys – the highest of any building in the city.
- The two eastern tower blocks of the 26-storey Balgrayhill high-rise estate in Springburn have a claim since they are built on the highest land of all tower blocks within the Glasgow city boundary, therefore the top floor of these buildings are the highest man made point above sea level at which it is possible to stand.
With both the Red Road and Whitevale/Bluevale estates both scheduled to be demolished by the year 2017, this effectively means the western Balgrayhill towers (currently not scheduled for demolition) will theoretically become Glasgow's tallest building – this based on the assumption that various proposed schemes such as the Savoy Towers or the Jumeirah Hotel developments (which range between 26–32 storeys) in the city centre do not get built by this date.
List of tallest buildings in Glasgow
metres / ft
|1||Glasgow Tower||127 / 417||1||2001||Holds a Guinness World Record for being the tallest tower in the world in which the whole structure is capable of rotating 360 degrees.|
|2||109 Bluevale Street||90.80 / 298||30||1968||Joint tallest inhabitable building in Scotland.|
|2=||51 Whitevale Street||90.80 / 298||30||1968||Joint tallest inhabitable building in Scotland.|
|4||123 Petershill Drive||89 / 292||31||1967||Highest occupiable floor level in Scotland|
|4=||33 Petershill Drive||89 / 291||31||1967||Highest occupiable floor level in Scotland|
|4=||63 Petershill Drive||89 / 292||31||1967||Highest occupiable floor level in Scotland|
|4=||93 Petershill Drive||89 / 292||31||1967||Highest occupiable floor level in Scotland|
|4=||10 Red Road Court||89 / 292||31||1967||Highest occupiable floor level in Scotland|
|4=||10-20-30 Petershill Court||79 / 259||25||1967/68|
|10||15 Croftbank Street||74 / 243||26||1964|
|10=||250 Edgefauld Road||74 / 243||26||1964|
|10=||22 Viewpoint Place||74 / 243||26||1964||Second highest man made point above sea level within Glasgow city boundary|
|10=||42 Viewpoint Place||74 / 243||26||1964||Second highest man made point above sea level within Glasgow city boundary|
|10=||120 Wyndford Road||74 / 243||26||1964|
|10=||151 Wyndford Road||74 / 243||26||1964|
|10=||171 Wyndford Road||74 / 243||26||1964|
|10=||190 Wyndford Road||74 / 243||26||1964|
|18||Glasgow City Chambers||73 / 240||4||1889||Headquarters of Glasgow City Council. The City Chambers was inaugurated in August 1888 by Queen Victoria, the first council meeting was held within the chambers in October 1889|
|19||105 Taylor Street||72 / 237||25||1967|
|19=||15 Grafton Place||72 / 237||25||1967|
|19=||178 Balgrayhill Road||72 / 237||25||1964||Highest man made point above sea level within Glasgow city boundary|
|19=||198 Balgrayhill Road||72 / 237||25||1964||Highest man made point above sea level within Glasgow city boundary|
|23||St. Andrew House||71 / 233||18||1964||Converted to a Premier Inn hotel in 2012. The rooms on the 18th Floor are the highest hotel rooms in the city.|
|24||Anniesland Court||66 / 217||24||1968|
|25||Glasgow Hilton||70/10||20||1992||One of a new generation of buildings in Glasgow city centre, the Hilton Glasgow is currently the tallest modern building in downtown Glasgow, although it will soon be overtaken by six other buildings in and around the city centre. The Hilton is at present the only Five Star hotel in Downtown Glasgow.|
|26||Argyle Building||62 / 203||20||2008|
Top 10 in Order of Height
|Building Name||Height (m)||Floors||Main Usage||Other Usage|
|Savoy Centre Towers||110.00||32||Mixed||None|
|Custom House Quay||69.00||25||Hotel||Residential|
|10–16 Dixon Street||44.00||14||Residential||Retail|
|Homes for the Future phase 2||44.00||13||Residential||None|
|Central Quay Phase 5||42.00||10||Office||Retail|
|145 St Vincent Street||42.00||10||Office||None|
|Building 3 Atlantic Quay||35.00||10||Office||None|
|St Andrews Wharf Residential||34.00||11||Residential||None|
Tallest Under Construction in order of height.
|Building Name||Height (m)||Floors||Main Usage||Other Usage|
|Glasgow Harbour Phase 2 Building 1||68.70||23||Residential||None|
|South Glasgow Hospital Campus||60.00||14||Hospital||None|
|Glasgow Harbour Phase 2 Building 2||51.80||17||Residential||None|
|Scottish Hydro Arena||34.00||–||Stadium||None|
|Building Name||Height (m)||Floors||Main Usage||Other Usage||Status|
|Cheapside Tower 1||170.00||50||Residential||Hotel|
|Cheapside Tower 2||170.00||50||Residential||Hotel|
|Cheapside Tower 3||136.00||40||Residential||Mixed|
|Glasgow Harbour Tower||93.00||30||Residential||None|
|Elphinstone Urban Village Tower 1||81.00||27||Residential||None|
|Graving Docks Tower 1||65.00||21||Residential||None|
|Cadogan Square||62.00||20||Office||Residential||Complete – now known as the Argyle Building|
|Elphinstone Urban Village tower 2||60.00||20||Residential||None|