Glasgow tower block demolished in controlled explosion

Traffic on the M8 was stopped for the controlled explosion

A Glasgow tower block has been demolished in a controlled explosion.

Traffic on the M8 was stopped before the 18-storey Sanctuary Housing Association block at Shaftesbury Street in the Anderston area was brought down.

It was to clear the ground for a planned £50m regeneration.

John Beattie, 79, who had a top-floor flat in the building for 20 years, said: "It was a great building when I first moved in but it was time to pull it down."

'New beginning'

He added: "It's progress. These blocks were put up in the 1960s for one reason only - to build homes quickly and get people into them."

Peter Martin, group director of the association, said: "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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