Basic Site Details

Name: Gallowgate CDA Area A
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Two 31-storey tower blocks with continuous balconies on each floor. Each block has 174 flats and is 285ft in height. Believed to be Europe's tallest reinforced concrete residential blocks at the time of construction. Cost 1.25-1.3m. Original plans in 1962 were for 27-storey towers, but this was subsequently increased to 31 storeys.

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Housing  
Item 2 of 2Tower block  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Bluevale Street  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 618 January 1963 Scheme accepted 
Item 2 of 618 October 1963  Plans revised: height of towers increased to 31 storeys.
Item 3 of 6March 1963 Contract offeredContract A No. 1 with two tower blocks each of 25 floors containing 140 houses.
Item 4 of 6January 1964September 1969Build/construction 
Item 5 of 66 May 1964  Gallowgate Development Area is being started by the first phase of 30-acre 4.5 million Bluevale Street scheme, which will eventually contain 1,640 dwellings in two 27-storey tower blocks (Architect and Building News p801)
Item 6 of 61969 Completion 


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 7Archibald George JuryArchitectA  As City Architect. In collaboration with Harvey & Scott.
Item 2 of 7Glasgow Corporation Housing Department (later Architectural & Planning Department, Glasgow Corporation) A  With A G Jury as City Architect.
Item 3 of 7Alexander Scott B19631969In collaboration with A G Jury.
Item 4 of 7D Harvey & A ScottArchitectural practiceB19631969In collaboration with A G Jury.
Item 5 of 7David HarveyArchitectB19631969In collaboration with A G Jury.
Item 6 of 7Mouchell & PartnersEngineer 19641969Consulting engineers
Item 7 of 7Thaw & Campbell LtdContractor 19641969Main contractor


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p571
Item 2 of 4Glendinning, Miles and Muthesius, Stefan1994Tower Block: Modern Public Housing in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland Yale University Press: New Haven and Londonp227
Item 3 of 4RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   
Item 4 of 4Williamson, Riches, Higgs1990Glasgow (The Buildings of Scotland)  p462

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Architect and Building News6 May 1964  p801
Item 2 of 4Builder15 March 1963  p568

Item 3 of 4Builder20 September 1963  p605
Item 4 of 4Building10 January 1969  p2/90 with photo

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Strathclyde Regional ArchivesGlasgow Dean of Guild GCA DG 1963/33 (Phase 1A); 1963/34 (Phase 1B)