Glasgow University Tower.

These 12 buildings are some of the tallest in Glasgow - and many are over 100 years old

Glasgow has its fair share of tall buildings and also boasts Scotland's tallest free-standing structure.

Saturday, 10th April 2021, 7:00 am
Updated Saturday, 10th April 2021, 9:52 am

Examining the list in more detail, it emerges that there were two decades in particular where Glasgow’s architects were more busy than usual in their quest to reach the heavens.

Both exceeding 70 metres in height, Glasgow University Tower and the City Chambers were constructed in the 1880s, while almost a century later, in the 1960s, the city welcomed an extensive list of residential tower blocks.

But while high rise flats continue to dominate the list of the city's tallest structures, examples of post-war tower blocks are dwindling fast; the building type having fallen out of favour in recent decades.

One inclusion in this list of special note is Glasgow Cathedral. Built in 1197, the soaring spire of the ancient religious site has graced Glasgow’s skyline for the best part of a millennium.

Starting with the Glasgow Science Centre Tower, which is Scotland’s tallest free-standing structure and holds a Guinness World Record as the tallest structure in the world capable of rotating 360 degrees, we take a look at a dozen of Glasgow’s tallest buildings.

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