It started as a quiet, sunny Sunday morning…
Three solitary tower blocks in Edinburgh’s North Sighthill were leveled to the ground at 11.16 on Sunday, 25 September.
The three buildings: Glenalmond, Hermiston and Weir Courts, comprising 285 homes, were part of a residential area of Edinburgh built in the 1960s. The fourth building, Broomview House, was pulled down in September 2008.
Speaking after the demolition, Councillor Norman Work, said: “The demolition was a truly spectacular sight and all went as planned, which is a credit to all those involved in the operation. Now we can look to the future as we drive to build new homes for the 21st Century.”
The demolition is part of a £150 million investment to build 1,300 new homes across the capital. Half of these are to be low cost and council housing – the first Edinburgh council homes built in a generation.
The new flats are expected to be available from as early as next year.
The transformed North Sighthill area will see up to 310 new homes for sale and rent.