Derelict lands, Environment and Glasgow effect

The Glasgow effect is a concept that refers to the quality of life of people living in the city compared to other European cities.

We can observe the evolution of two blocks, where originally there were flat towers, which were later demolished affecting the surrounding urban environment.

170 Sandiefield Road was completed in 1971 and along with 170 Sandiefield Road, was the last survivor of the ill-fated Area E estate that was largely demolished in 1987. It was refurbished in the mid 1990s.

Both Sandiefield Road blocks were demolished by controlled explosion on the 21st of July 2013. This marks the complete removal of Area E from the Glasgow skyline.

After remaining empty for a few years, projects were developed that benefited the neighbourhood, a health centre, housing association and some houses are some examples; this totally changed the dynamics and urban image of the Gorbals.

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Key Themes: Land-use, Well-being