Time warp photos take us back to 1980s Gorbals Towers

Few places better exemplify post-war urban renewal in Scotland than the Gorbals, an area that has been repeatedly developed over the past 50 years.

Since the end of World War II, the Gorbals has gone through massive changes that have rendered it unrecognizable.

A new Gorbals emerged in the 1960s which saw much of the area’s Victorian housing stock razed to the ground as part of a major slum clearance programme.

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Dozens of high-rise towers rose skyward as the Gorbals became the poster child for a new normal in 20th-century city life.

But the new dawn that postwar developments promised would never quite materialize.

By the 1980s, many of the sprawling new housing projects that made up this latest iteration of the Gorbals were rapidly turning into concrete slums, with squalor similar to that seen 20 years earlier.

Several hundred post-war homes, the newest of which were barely two decades old, would be demolished in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with many more to follow, with planners forced to admit that they were seriously mistaken.

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In these photos, mostly taken between 1981 and 1987, you can see the already dilapidated developments that made up much of Hutchesontown. Most of these houses have since been demolished or heavily altered and improved.

A University of Edinburgh project called Tower Block United Kingdom, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, has collected and preserved images of post-war high-rise dwellings as important parts of our heritage and social history. The images shown here are from their extensive collection.

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