OK, take it from the top


The blocks were dubbed the Gallowgate Twins.

Safedem has landed the contract to bring down Scotland’s highest residential tower blocks.

The twin 31-storey Whitevale and Bluevale flats in Glasgow’s Gallowgate area will be dismantled floor by floor in an operation that will see workers operate from a platform on top of the structures. The system is seen as the safest option given the proximity of the neighbouring block, nearby roads and the unique core structure of the buildings.

Safedem managing director William Sinclair explained: “We carefully assess every project before developing the safest and most appropriate method of demolition. The ‘TopDownWay’ is an innovative system designed for the deconstruction of high-rise structures in close proximity to nearby properties.”

Safedem will begin lifting the platform on to the roof of 109 Bluevale Street in January and work there is expected to be complete by summer 2015. Dismantling of 51 Whitevale Street will begin soon after with the entire site to be cleared by 2016. The twin blocks were Scotland’s tallest residential buildings when they were constructed in 1969.

The ‘deconstruction’ system avoids the need for scaffolding, the platform allowing operatives to remove walls and floors piece by piece. As each floor is complete, the platform descends until it reaches ground level.


Article posted 15/12/2014