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A Glasgow tower block has been demolished in a controlled explosion next to a busy city motorway.

Traffic on the M8 in Glasgow was stopped before the 18-storey building was brought down in the Anderston area.

Demolition of the Sanctuary Housing Association block at 14 Shaftesbury Street, which once housed 128 families, will clear the ground for a planned £50 million regeneration.

Area resident John Beattie had a top-floor flat in the building for 20 years.

The 79-year-old said: “It was a great building when I first moved in but it’s time to pull it down.

“It’s progress. These blocks were put up in the 1960s for one reason only - to build homes quickly and get people into them.

“I saw a few bombs drop during the war so I’m not fazed seeing the building brought down. I miss the view but nothing else, life is better now.”

Peter Martin, group director of the association, said: “This is a significant milestone in a project which has revitalised a thriving community in the heart of Glasgow.

“The quality of our housing has not only changed the lives of Anderston residents for the better but also created many jobs and training opportunities. Conditions remain tough in construction but Sanctuary continues to support the sector through our extensive new-build programme.

“The demolition of 14 Shaftesbury Street is not an end but another new beginning for Anderston. It allows us to create better homes to house even more local families for many decades to come.”

 

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