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Disappearing Glasgow

Not built to Last? – Sighthil

From the Disappearing Glasgow Project –

“They were only supposed to last 40 years anyway” said Andy, demolition contractor and Sighthill resident, as we viewed the city from the rooftop of the Fountainwell Terrace block. “It was a great place to grow up, as a child but now it’s a wee bit different.”

Fountainwell was one of three of the blocks that were being prepared for demolition – ‘soft stripped’ they call it – the removal first of all furniture and contents left behind. Then the windows, the kitchen sink, the bathtub and all fixtures and fittings. In effect all that remains is concrete and wallpaper, and then the button to blow them up can be pressed….