Basic Site Details

Name: Ten (10) 19-storey tower blocks, New Gorbals
Town, district or village: New Gorbals
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: cost 1 1/4m


Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 310 February 1961 Contract offeredCorporation Housing Committee awarded 1.3mil. contract for construction of 200 maisonettes in ten tower blocks to Holland & Hannen and Cubitts (Scotland) Ltd. per Builder p295
Item 2 of 3July 19611963Build/constructionCubitts expects completion of work in summer 1963; one of the largest mobile tower cranes ever used in Britain imported by Cubitts to lift the 800 21 ft by 9 ft four ton wall panels and 200 precast garden balcony panels, among other works per Builder 7 July 1961 p32
Item 3 of 37 July 1961 Scheme accepted400 maisonettes in 10 20-storey residential blocks on stilts, with splayed buttresses running up to the 8th floor; blocks will be connected at alternate floor levels in two groups, one of three towers and the other of seven; the 8 unit types cater for 3, 4 or 5 people, single apartments for old people on the lower floors and for young people on the top floors; average net density of 150 rooms per acre per Builder p32


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 5(Sir) Basil Urwin Spence A1961 *  
Item 2 of 5Basil Spence & Partners A1961  
Item 3 of 5John Hardie Glover A1961 *  
Item 4 of 5Ove Arup & Partners A1961  
Item 5 of 5Peter Scott Ferguson A1961 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Glasgow CorporationA G Jury, City Architect and Director of Planning


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder10 February 1961  '1.3m. Gorbals Contract' p295
Item 2 of 2Builder7 July 1961  'Construction of Twenty-storey Maisonettes at Glasgow: Use of Tower Cranes and Prefabricated Units' p32; captioned photo of model at top of page