List of tallest buildings and structures in Glasgow

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The city skyline of Glasgow, showing some of the city's tallest buildings. The Whitevale/Bluevale 'Twin Towers' – the tallest overall (at the time) are visible in the distance to the left of centre

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.[citation needed]

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.

Glasgow skyline[edit]

The term "tallest building in Glasgow" is itself ambiguous. At present three 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 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 the Whitevale/Bluevale estate scheduled to be demolished by the year 2017, this effectively means the western Balgrayhill towers 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.

Tallest buildings in Glasgow[edit]

Rank Name Image Height
metres / ft
Floors Year Primary use Notes
1 Glasgow Tower The Glasgow Tower - geograph.org.uk - 911600.jpg 127 / 417 01.02 2001 Viewing Platform 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 Glasgow University Tower University of Glasgow - Main Building and tower.JPG 85 / 279 04.0? 1887 University
3 15 Croftbank Street Highrise flats at Croftbank Street - geograph.org.uk - 1262209.jpg 74 / 243 02.026 1964 Residential
3= 250 Edgefauld Road Highrise flats at Croftbank Street - geograph.org.uk - 1262209.jpg 74 / 243 02.026 1964 Residential
3= 22 Viewpoint Place Balgrayhill flats - geograph.org.uk - 1323738.jpg 74 / 243 04.026 1964 Residential
3= 42 Viewpoint Place Balgrayhill flats - geograph.org.uk - 1323738.jpg 74 / 243 04.026 1964 Residential
3= 120 Wyndford Road 74 / 243 04.026 1964 Residential
3= 151 Wyndford Road 74 / 243 04.026 1964 Residential
3= 171 Wyndford Road 74 / 243 04.026 1964 Residential
3= 190 Wyndford Road 74 / 243 04.026 1964 Residential
11 Glasgow City Chambers Glasgow City Chambers, Glasgow.jpg 73 / 240 04.04 1889 Office
12 105 Taylor Street Buchanan Bus Station - geograph.org.uk - 1288539.jpg 72 / 237 04.025 1967 Residential
12= 15 Grafton Place Buchanan Bus Station - geograph.org.uk - 1288539.jpg 72 / 237 04.025 1967 Residential
12= 178 Balgrayhill Road Balgrayhill flats - geograph.org.uk - 1323738.jpg 72 / 237 04.025 1964 Residential Highest man made point above sea level within Glasgow city boundary
12= 198 Balgrayhill Road Balgrayhill flats - geograph.org.uk - 1323738.jpg 72 / 237 04.025 1964 Residential Highest man made point above sea level within Glasgow city boundary
16 St. Andrew House Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow - geograph.org.uk - 2186899.jpg 71 / 233 01.018 1964 Hotel Converted to a Premier Inn hotel in 2012. The rooms on the 18th Floor are the highest hotel rooms in the city.
17 Anniesland Court Anniesland court.jpg 66 / 217 01.024 1968 Residential Tallest listed building in Scotland. Only tower block to have a Category A listing in Glasgow.
18 Glasgow Hilton Hilton Hotel in Glasgow - geograph.org.uk - 406737.jpg 70 / 10 01.020 1992 Hotel
19 Glasgow Harbour Phase 2 Building 1 68.70 / 225 01.023 2009 Residential
20 Argyle Building Argylebuilding.jpg 62 / 203 01.020 2008 Residential
20= Cineworld Cine World in Glasgow.jpg 62 / 203 04.011 2001 Cinema Tallest Cinema complex in the world.

Tallest under construction, approved, and proposed[edit]

Under Construction[edit]

Name Height
metres / ft
Floors Year (est.) Primary use Location Notes
Scottish Power HQ 60 / 197 14 2016 Office IFSD

Approved[edit]

Name Height
metres / ft
Floors Year (est.) Primary Use Location Notes
366 Cathedral Street 65 / 213 23 Student Residence Townhead
Atlantic Square Building 1 45 / 148 10 Office IFSD
Atlantic Square Building 2 34 / 112 7 Office IFSD

Proposed[edit]

Top 10 in Order of Height

Building Name Height (m) Floors Main Usage Other Usage
Savoy Centre Towers 110.00 32 Mixed None
Jumeirah Hotel 92.50 24 Hotel Residential
Custom House Quay 69.00 25 Hotel Residential
Sky Plaza 49.00 16 Residential None
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
Atlantic Square 40.00 12 Office None
Building 3 Atlantic Quay 35.00 10 Office None
St Andrews Wharf Residential 34.00 11 Residential None

Unbuilt[edit]

Name Height
metres / ft
Floors Year Notes
East One 180 / 591 55
Cheapside Tower 1 170 / 558 50
Cheapside Tower 2 170 / 558 50
Cheapside Tower 3 136 / 446 40
Elphinstone Place 134 / 440 39 Cancelled due to the 2008 Financial crisis. Now the site of the new Scottish Power HQ.
Elmbank Tower 107.5 / 353 28
Glasgow Harbour Tower 93 / 305 30
Elphinstone Urban Village Tower 1 81 / 299 27
Graving Docks Tower 1 65 / 213 21
Elphinstone Urban Village Tower 2 60 / 197 20

Demolished[edit]

Name Image Height
metres / ft
Floors Year built Year demolished Notes
Tait Tower Glasgow exhibition 1938 3353824.jpg 91.44 / 300  ? 1938 1939 Built as part of the 1938 Empire Exhibition.
109 Bluevale Street Scotlandtalltowers.jpg 90.8 / 298 30 1968 2015 Was the joint tallest inhabitable building in Scotland.
51 Whitevale Street Whitevale and Bluevale Towers from Gallowgate.JPG 90.8 / 298 30 1968 2015 Was the joint tallest inhabitable building in Scotland.
10 Red Road Court Red Road flats at Balornock - geograph.org.uk - 119968.jpg 89 / 292 31 1967 2015 Tallest Residential buildings in Europe at the time of completion.
33 Petershill Drive Red Road flats at Balornock - geograph.org.uk - 119968.jpg 89 / 292 31 1967 2015 Tallest Residential buildings in Europe at the time of completion.
63 Petershill Drive Red Road flats at Balornock - geograph.org.uk - 119968.jpg 89 / 292 31 1967 2015 Tallest Residential buildings in Europe at the time of completion.
93 Petershill Drive Red Road flats at Balornock - geograph.org.uk - 119968.jpg 89 / 292 31 1967 2015 Tallest Residential buildings in Europe at the time of completion.
123 Petershill Drive Red Road flats at Balornock - geograph.org.uk - 119968.jpg 89 / 292 31 1967 2015 Tallest Residential buildings in Europe at the time of completion.
21 Birnie Court Red Road flats at Balornock - geograph.org.uk - 119968.jpg 89 / 292 31 1967 2013 Tallest Residential buildings in Europe at the time of completion.
10-30 Petershill Court Red Road flats at Balornock - geograph.org.uk - 119968.jpg 79 / 259 31 1967 2015
153-213 Petershill Court Red Road flats at Balornock - geograph.org.uk - 119968.jpg 79 / 259 31 1967 2012

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