Sighthill Standing Stones moved for regeneration work

Work begins to relocate the world famous standing stones in Sighthill Park, Glasgow, known as the Sighthill Megalith. Picture: SWNS
Work begins to relocate the world famous standing stones in Sighthill Park, Glasgow, known as the Sighthill Megalith. Picture: SWNS
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The standing stones of Sighthill Park - known as the Sighthill Megalith - are being removed temporarily as part of a £250m regeneration of the area.

With removal work beginning today, the stones and top layer of soil will be removed. The stones will be stored and eventually housed in their new resting place.

The Stone Circle was established in 1979 by the then Glasgow Parks Department Astronomy Project, and guided by the Scottish author Duncan Lunan. The Stone Circle will be relocated within the new park, to the south-east of the current site of the Circle.

This is the original site that Mr Lunan had chosen, however this location was not suitable at the time due to the multi-storey flats obscuring the horizon sight lines.

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The land remediation work in Sighthill Park is part of a five year programme of works - due to finish in 2019 - that will deliver almost 800 new high-quality homes for sale and rent, a new community school campus, a new footbridge across the M8 and the creation of a ‘street in the sky’ to connect Sighthill with the city centre.

In addition, a new road bridge across the railway to link Sighthill with Port Dundas will also be added, along with improved parkland, allotments and public spaces.

The land in the park needs remediation as a result of the industrial activity that occurred there in Sighthill’s industrial past.

At present, the most visible sign of Sighthill’s regeneration is 141 new homes in the north of the area, built by Glasgow Housing Association, and fully occupied in the last few months.

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The regeneration of Sighthill is being delivered by Transforming Communities: Glasgow, a partnership between Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Housing Association and the Scottish Government.

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