Basic Site Details

Name: Hutchesontown / Gorbals CDA Area E
Town, district or village: Gorbals
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Last development to be completed, and first to be (partly) demolished - the blocks experienced severe dampness from the very start, and soon became the focus of a radicalised tenants' protest, the Gorbals Anti-Dampness Group

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 4c. 19691973Build/constructionBuilt using Gilbert Ash's proprietary 'Tracoba' system
Item 2 of 4c. 1982 Closed'Closed' in that the blocks were, by 1982, completely emptied
Item 3 of 41987 Destruction/demolitionSite earmarked for Crown Street Initiative
Item 4 of 41 June 2008 Destruction/demolitionDemolition of towers at Stirlingfauld Place


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 4Gilbert Ash (Scotland) LtdContractor c. 19691973 
Item 2 of 4Glasgow Corporation Housing Department (later Architectural & Planning Department, Glasgow Corporation)  c. 19691973 
Item 3 of 4Lowe & RodinEngineer c. 19691973Consulting engineers
Item 4 of 4Roderick Desmond LeeArchitect c. 19691973Chief architect (of Gilbert Ash)


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Bryant, Richard1979The Dampness Monster: A Report of the Gorbals Anti-Dampness Campaign Scottish Council of Social ServiceGeneral, but dedicated to tenants of Hutchesontown E
Item 2 of 3Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp42, p149
Item 3 of 3Glendinning, Miles and Muthesius, Stefan1994Tower Block: Modern Public Housing in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland Yale University Press: New Haven and Londonp381, Gazetteer 2

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 29Architect and Building News10 September 1958  p350-1
Item 2 of 29Architect and Building News27 May 1959  p678-9
Item 3 of 29Architect and Building News15 January 1970  p26-9
Item 4 of 29Architects Journal18 April 1957  p570-3
Item 5 of 29Architects Journal4 September 1958  p326
Item 6 of 29Architects Journal15 April 1964  p857-72
Item 7 of 29Architects Journal23 January 1981   
Item 8 of 29Architects Journal14 January 1987   
Item 9 of 29Architects Journal6 May 1987   
Item 10 of 29Architectural ReviewJanuary 1959  p9-11
Item 11 of 29Architectural ReviewNovember 1967  p348-9
Item 12 of 29Builder5 September 1958  p282-3
Item 13 of 29Builder1961 July 7  p32
Item 14 of 29Building Design16 August 1985   
Item 15 of 29Building Industries and Scottish ArchitectNovember 1962  p40-6
Item 16 of 29Glasgow Herald30 May 1987   
Item 17 of 29Housing Review11 December 1958  p184-5
Item 18 of 29Metro2 June 2008  p9 - demolition
Item 19 of 29Municipal Journal24 April 1954  p899-902
Item 20 of 29Municipal Journal15 March 1957  p588-9
Item 21 of 29New Local NewsMarch 1999  p1 - 'Flats' future in doubt - demolition is forecast'
Item 22 of 29Official Architecture and PlanningMay 1954  p225-7
Item 23 of 29Official Architecture and PlanningJune 1956  p277-80
Item 24 of 29Official Architecture and PlanningOctober 1958  p469-72
Item 25 of 29Surveyor2 March 1957  p197-8
Item 26 of 29Surveyor6 September 1958  p890
Item 27 of 29Surveyor26 March 1960  p301
Item 28 of 29Surveyor13 May 1961  p615-6
Item 29 of 29The Independent18 August 1987  p6 - 'Reclaiming the inner cities', with pieces subtitled 'Glasgow tenants take private path to better life' and 'Forceful approach that transformed tenement slums'

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Mitchell LibraryGlasgow City Archives1969/477Dean of Guild Court