Hutchesontown is an inner-city area in Glasgow, Scotland. Mostly residential, it is situated directly south of the River Clyde and forms part of the wider historic Gorbals district, which is covered by the Southside Central ward under Glasgow City Council.

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Aerial view of the neighbourhood (2017)
Hutchesontown is located in Glasgow council area
Location within Glasgow
OS grid referenceNS594636
Council area
Lieutenancy area
  • Glasgow
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGLASGOW
Postcode districtG5 0
Dialling code0141
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
55°50′50″N 4°14′38″W / 55.847119°N 4.243909°W / 55.847119; -4.243909Coordinates: 55°50′50″N 4°14′38″W / 55.847119°N 4.243909°W / 55.847119; -4.243909

The area is linked to Glasgow Green public park on the north side of the river by St. Andrew's Suspension Bridge and King's Bridge. At its north-western edge, Albert Bridge is the closest crossing point towards Glasgow city centre.

In McNeill Street, Hutchesontown has one of Glasgow's original Carnegie libraries, deftly designed by the Inverness-born architect James Robert Rhind. James Stokes, recipient of the Victoria Cross, was from the area.

Comprehensive Development AreaEdit

Following the Second World War, Hutchesontown was declared a Comprehensive Development Area (CDA) in 1957, in the aftermath of the Bruce Report.[1][2] This called for the mass gentrification of the area which took the form of slum clearance and the replacement of overcrowded, insanitary tenement housing with new homes in high rise tower blocks.[3] The area became almost unrecognisable from its previous appearance, with blocks of tenements swept away along with several Victorian and Edwardian-era churches and civic buildings which in later times would have been considered to be of architectural merit.[4]

Hutchesontown was in effect used as a testing ground for similar schemes around the city. It was decided to divide the area into five "zones" which were given to different architects to implement a mixture of different schemes.

  • Area A – on the northern side of the CDA was devoted to conventional maisonette style housing - today close to the Gorbals Health Centre and Gorbals Sports Centre.[4]
  • Area B – nowadays known as the Riverside estate, was given to architect Robert Matthew. His four 18-storey blocks[5][6] – built in 1964 to the distinctive "scissor section" configuration – on the banks of the River Clyde still stand, and are widely regarded as the most successful of the Gorbals high-rises and have received numerous refurbishments in their lifetime.[4][3] The Strathclyde Grain distillery lies directly to the east.
  • Area C – was the responsibility of Basil Spence, and became the most infamous of the five schemes.[7][6] The Queen Elizabeth Square blocks encountered numerous structural and social problems, and were demolished in 1993.[4][8][9]
  • Area D – in the south of the CDA was developed by the newly created Scottish Special Housing Association[10] and consisted of four 24 storey blocks at Caledonia Road (the main bus route through the area between Glasgow and Rutherglen) and an estate of smaller maisonettes and 8-storey "mini-multis".[11][6][3] Two of the towers were demolished in early 2006;[12] the remaining two were refurbished. This sector is close to the Oatlands neighbourhood, the Southern Necropolis cemetery[4] and the 'Dixon's Blazes' industrial estate.
  • Area E – closest to Gorbals Cross and Laurieston, consisted of an estate of five-storey deck-access blocks and two 24-storey towers at Sandiefield Road, constructed in 1968.[13][6][3] Within a few years, however, the low-rise buildings became badly affected by dampness and condensation problems and were presently declared unfit for habitation; they were finally demolished in 1987. The two towers were condemned in 2010 and were demolished at 14:00 on 21 July 2013.[4][14]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Hutchesontown Housing (Glasgow City Archives, Department of Architectural and Civic Design, 1961), The Glasgow Story
  2. ^ Lecture: Unbuilt Glasgow – The History & Impact of the Bruce Report, Fergus Sutherland & David Martin, Glasgow City Heritage Trust, 15 March 2017
  3. ^ a b c d Hutchesontown: Housing, Everyday Life & Wellbeing over the long term, University of Glasgow
  4. ^ a b c d e f Hutchesontown Gorbals - Architecture and History, Scotcities
  5. ^ "Tower Block UK: Hutchesontown-Gorbals CDA Area B". University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d "Buildings in Glasgow: Hutchesontown-Gorbals". Emporis. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Tower Block UK: Hutchesontown-Gorbals CDA Area C". University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Woman dies in demolition blast". The Herald. 13 September 1993. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  9. ^ Hutchesontown C: it went down with a bang and took a human life with it, Abandoned Spaces, 4 June 2018
  10. ^ Hutchesontown / Gorbals Area D, Dictionary of Scottish Architects
  11. ^ "Tower Block UK: Hutchesontown-Gorbals CDA Area D". University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Two tower blocks are demolished". BBC News. 26 February 2006. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  13. ^ "Tower Block UK: Hutchesontown-Gorbals CDA Area E". University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  14. ^ Double demolition for Glasgow Gorbals tower blocks, BBC News, 21 July 2013

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