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Gorbals Redevelopment

Different types of housing that represent two attempts to regenerate the Gorbals area, photographed in 2004. New houses in Crown Street are in the foreground, facing north towards the River Clyde. The multi-storey tower block in the background dates from the 1970s and is a survivor of the Hutchesontown Area E scheme, most of which was demolished in 1987.

The Crown Street Regeneration Project was a response to protracted community protest at the failure of earlier efforts to improve quality of life in the Gorbals, through comprehensive redevelopment and mass housing by the local authority. The Project involves Scottish Enterprise Glasgow, Glasgow City Council, Communities Scotland, the private sector and the local community.

In 1990 Piers Gough of CZWG Architects won an urban design competition, resulting in a redeveloped Gorbals which includes the reintroduction of the tenement form adapted for family housing, with a communal garden at the centre of each block. There is a grid street system, many of the streets being lined with trees. Crown Street itself is the local shopping centre and the focus of the area.

Reference: Illustrations vol 48, p 29

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

council houses, Crown Street Regeneration Project, CZWG Architects, housing estates, housing schemes, Hutchesontown Area E, multi-storey flats, tenements, tower blocks, urban regeneration

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