Basic Site Details

Name: Hutchesontown / Gorbals Redevelopment
Town, district or village: Hutchesontown / Gorbals
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
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Notes: Prototype and showpiece for city's post-war Modernist phase of reconstruction

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Street plan  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 5Ballater Street  
Item 2 of 5Cumberland Street  
Item 3 of 5Lawmoor Street  
Item 4 of 5Rutherglen Road  
Item 5 of 5Waddell Street  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 220 September 1957 Proposed'Glasgow Corporation seeks powers for compulsory purchase of 1,146 houses, 104 shops, nine public-houses and a number of industrial plants as part of the Hutcheson-Gorbals redevelopment plan. This will cost between ₤17 and ₤18 million' per Builder p522
Item 2 of 213 March 1964 * ProposedConstruction of pedestrian underpass to link housing schemes, to be built by McKean & Co (Glasgow) Ltd at cost of 26,581

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Child Structures

This structure or site has the following component or child structures (click on an item to view details):
 Building NameNotes
Item 1 of 4Hutchesontown / Gorbals Area A Housing 
Item 2 of 4Hutchesontown / Gorbals Area B multi-storey flats and housingBuilt on 9-acre site north of Ballater Street at cost of 1.5m, comprising 428 dwellings in four 17-storey towers and several lower blocks, plus garages, public house, and shop.

Laid out at angle to existing street grid, thus articulating rejection of old C19 city (and, more practically, allowing N-S alignment for maximum sunlight). At Paterson's suggestion, the towers had floodlights mounted on top (a first in Scotland), in an effort to encourage night-time social life.
Item 3 of 4Hutchesontown / Gorbals Area C Housing Redevelopment400 units by Spence. Queen Elizabeth Square is the centre of this development. It includes, besides the housing, shopping mall, stubby office blocks, and block of shops.
Demolished 1993
Item 4 of 4Hutchesontown / Gorbals Area D 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdxi, xii, p20, 22, 26, 39, 42, 92-4, 98-102, 144-50, 153, 175, 185
Item 2 of 3Glendinning, Miles and Muthesius, Stefan1994Tower Block: Modern Public Housing in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland Yale University Press: New Haven and Londonp169, p222, p310
p381, Gazetteer 2
Item 3 of 3Williamson, Riches, Higgs1990Glasgow (The Buildings of Scotland)  p518-519

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 32American Architect & Building News27 May 1959  p678-9
Item 2 of 32Architect and Building News10 September 1958  p350-1
Item 3 of 32Architect and Building News27 May 1959   
Item 4 of 32Architect and Building News6 May 1964   
Item 5 of 32Architect and Building News15 January 1970   
Item 6 of 32Architect and Building News15 January 1970  p26-9
Item 7 of 32Architects Journal18 April 1957  pp570-571
Item 8 of 32Architects Journal18 April 1957  p570-3
Item 9 of 32Architects Journal4 September 1958  p326
Item 10 of 32Architects Journal15 April 1964  p857-72
Item 11 of 32Architectural ReviewJanuary 1959   
Item 12 of 32Architectural ReviewJanuary 1959  p9-11
Item 13 of 32Architectural ReviewNovember 1967  p348-9
Item 14 of 32Builder9 April 1954  p627
Item 15 of 32Builder20 September 1957  'Hutcheson-Gorbals Redevelopment', p522
Item 16 of 32Builder5 September 1958  p282-3
Item 17 of 32Builder7 July 1961  p32
Item 18 of 32Builder13 March 1964  p583
Item 19 of 32Building IndustriesNovember 1962  Building Industries & Scottish Architect
Item 20 of 32Concrete and Constructional EngineeringNovember 1963  pp449-456 - 'Multiple-storey Residential Buildings in Glasgow'
Item 21 of 32Housing Review11 December 1958  p184-5
Item 22 of 32Municipal Journal23 April 1954  p899-902
Item 23 of 32Municipal Journal15 March 1957  p588-9
Item 24 of 32New Yorker24 October 1959  'Metamorphosis in the Gorbals' (Stephen Watts)
Item 25 of 32Official Architecture and PlanningMay 1954  p225-7
Item 26 of 32Official Architecture and PlanningJune 1956  p277-80
Item 27 of 32Official Architecture and PlanningOctober 1958  p469-72
Item 28 of 32Scotland on Sunday21 February 1999  pp22-25 - 'The boys are back in town' (report on Gorbals photographs in 'visual hisotry of the nation')
Item 29 of 32Surveyor2 March 1957  p197-8
Item 30 of 32Surveyor6 September 1958  p890
Item 31 of 32Surveyor26 March 1960  p301
Item 32 of 32Surveyor13 May 1961  p615-16