List of tallest buildings in Glasgow

List of tallest buildings in Glasgow

This List of tallest buildings in Glasgow includes built and planned high-rise buildings in Glasgow, Scotland. Glasgow has a higher concentration of high-rise buildings than any other city in the British Isles.Fact|date=December 2007

Faced with crippling housing shortages in the immediate post-war period, the city undertook the building of multi-storey housing in tower blocks in the 1960s and early 1970s on a grand scale, which led to Glasgow becoming the first truly high-rise city in Britain. However, many of these "schemes", as they are known, were poorly planned, or badly designed and cheaply constructed, which led to many of the blocks becoming insanitary magnets for crime and deprivation.Fact|date=December 2007

It would not be until 1988 that high rises were built in the city once again, with the construction of the 16-storey Forum Hotel (latterly the Moat House International Hotel, and the Crowne Plaza Hotel) next to the SECC. The 20-storey Hilton Hotel in Anderston followed in 1990. From the early 1990s, Glasgow City Council and its successor, the Glasgow Housing Association, have run a programme of demolishing the worst of the residential tower blocks, including Basil Spence's Gorbals blocks in 1993.

The current tallest buildings in Glasgow are the "Gallowgate Twins": Bluevale Street and Whitevale Street, in the East End of the city, both at 90.80 metres. The tallest building ever to have stood in Glasgow was the 91.44m Tait Tower in Bellahouston, built for the Empire Exhibition of 1938, but pulled down the following year.

Property developers are currently planning several new upmarket residential and office high-rises along the River Clyde, and in the city's financial district, which will far surpass these in height. The most prominent of these proposals are Elphinstone Place (134m), East One (180m as originally proposed), and Elmbank Tower (107.5m). It is likely that more proposals will be forthcoming.

Tallest extant buildings

It is commonly believed that the Red Road blocks in Springburn are the tallest public housing in Glasgow.Fact|date=December 2007 However, there are two blocks taller than the Red Road Flats. This table lists the 25 tallest buildings by their height.




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