Bulldozers move in to bring down Sighthill flats

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IT’S the end of an era for high-rise flats in Sighthill as demolition work gets underway.

The move is part of major transformation plans for the area.

Work on 16/18 Pinkston Drive started last week and is due to be completed in around eight weeks.

Technical Demolition Services (TDS) is carrying out the demolition using a super-high reach machine – the tallest in Europe, with a reach of 67 metres.

Meanwhile, work on demolishing the block at 17/19 Pinkston Drive should start before the end of the month.

Sighthill is the preferred site for the Athletes Village if the city wins its bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

The £250million transformation of the area will go ahead up to 20 years earlier than planned – regardless of whether the city wins the bid.

Three of the multi-storey blocks at Pinkston were already earmarked for demolition.

As part of the transformation plans, Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) – which owns the tower blocks – have been asked to reconsider the future of the remaining two blocks, which were previously due to be kept and fully refurbished.

The proposals sparked an outcry among residents.

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