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Flats demolished in Glasgow regeneration project

Demolition of Rosemount Street flats Image copyright Wheatley Group
Image caption The block of flats was brought down by a controlled explosion

A block of flats has been demolished in Glasgow as part of a major community regeneration project.

The 25-storey building in Rosemount Street, Roystonhill, was brought down by a controlled explosion.

About 500 tenants in nearby properties were temporarily evacuated for the demolition.

Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) will now clear the site and carry out the next phase of a housebuilding project in the area.

The social landlord is building 100 new homes locally.

A total of 55 houses have already been completed and handed over to GHA tenants following the demolition of a neighbouring multi-storey block in 2013.

The new-build homes at Rosemount Street are part of wider plans to regenerate the north of the city, which includes 141 new homes at Sighthill and a further 157 in Barmulloch.

Image copyright Wheatley Group
Image caption Tenants in nearby properties were temporarily evacuated for the demolition

David Fletcher, director of regeneration for GHA's parent company, Wheatley Group, said: "The demolition allows us to complete the next phase of our plans with the local community to build more energy-efficient, family-friendly homes for our tenants.

"We want to create bright, vibrant communities where people are proud to live.

"Many of the tenants who used to live in the Rosemount multi-storeys have already told us they are loving life in their new homes.

"We'd like to thank all of the residents for their cooperation during the evacuation."

The demolition created around 10,000 tonnes of rubble. The clear-up operation will take several months, with the rubble removed and crushed to be used as foundations for roads and buildings.

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