List of tallest buildings and structures in Glasgow

This List of tallest buildings in Glasgow includes built and planned high-rise buildings in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom.

The city skyline of Glasgow, showing some of the city's tallest buildings. The now demolished Bluevale/Whitevale "twin towers" – are visible in the distance to the left of centre

Faced with crippling housing shortages and overcrowding 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 were poorly planned and cheaply constructed, which led to many of the blocks becoming insanitary magnets for crime and deprivation.[1]

It would not be until 1988 that high rises were built in the city once again, with the construction of the 17-storey Forum Hotel (latterly the Moat House International Hotel, and now the Crowne Plaza Hotel) next to the SECC. The 20-storey Hilton Hotel in Anderston followed in 1992. 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 structure in Glasgow at 127 metres (417 ft), is the Glasgow Tower within the Glasgow Science Centre, however as this is an observation tower - not strictly speaking a building, then the 26-storey Balgrayhill tower blocks in Springburn area claim the title.

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.

Since the late 1990s, property developers have been planning new upmarket residential and office high-rises along the River Clyde, and in the city's financial district, which would far surpass these in height.

Glasgow skylineEdit

The term "tallest building in Glasgow" is itself ambiguous. Currently, two structures in the city have made a claim for the title depending on which measurement is used:

  • The Glasgow Tower as part of the Glasgow Science Centre on Prince's Dock on the South Bank of the River Clyde, holds the overall title as the tallest free-standing structure in Glasgow, and the whole of Scotland at a height of 127 metres (417 ft), however this measurement includes the structure's spire, It holds a Guinness World Record for being the tallest tower in the world in which the whole structure is capable of rotating 360 degrees.
  • Since the demolition in 2015 of both the Red Road Flats and the Bluevale/Whitevale twin towers, the two eastern tower blocks of the 26-storey Balgrayhill high-rise estate in Springburn are the tallest buildings within the Glasgow city boundary.

The tallest building within the city centre is the 17-storey St. Andrew House on Sauchiehall Street, originally an office block but now a Premier Inn hotel.

Tallest buildings in GlasgowEdit

Rank Name Image Height Coordinates Floors Year Primary use Notes
1 Glasgow Tower   127 metres (417 ft) 55°51′33″N 4°17′46″W / 55.859248°N 4.296229°W / 55.859248; -4.296229 (Glasgow Tower/Millennium Tower) 01.02 2001 Viewing Platform Holds a Guinness World Record for being the tallest tower in the world in which the whole structure is capable of rotating 360 degrees.[2][3]
2 Glasgow University Tower   85 metres (279 ft) 55°52′17″N 4°17′19″W / 55.871348°N 4.288641°W / 55.871348; -4.288641 (University of Glasgow) 04.0? 1887 University [4][3]
3= 15 Croftbank Street   74 metres (243 ft) 55°53′00″N 4°13′28″W / 55.883351°N 4.224550°W / 55.883351; -4.224550 (Springburn) 02.026 1964 Residential Located in Springburn.[5][3]
3= 250 Edgefauld Road   74 metres (243 ft) 55°53′00″N 4°13′28″W / 55.883351°N 4.224550°W / 55.883351; -4.224550 (Springburn) 02.026 1964 Residential Located in Springburn.[5][3]
3= 22 Viewpoint Place   74 metres (243 ft) 55°53′28″N 4°13′48″W / 55.891233°N 4.229900°W / 55.891233; -4.229900 (Balgrayhill) 04.026 1964 Residential Located in Springburn.[5][3]
3= 42 Viewpoint Place   74 metres (243 ft) 55°53′28″N 4°13′48″W / 55.891233°N 4.229900°W / 55.891233; -4.229900 (Balgrayhill) 04.026 1964 Residential Located in Springburn.[5][3]
3= 120 Wyndford Road   74 metres (243 ft) 55°53′15″N 4°17′44″W / 55.887451°N 4.295517°W / 55.887451; -4.295517 (Wyndford Road) 04.026 1964 Residential Located in Wyndford.[6][3]
3= 151 Wyndford Road   74 metres (243 ft) 55°53′15″N 4°17′44″W / 55.887451°N 4.295517°W / 55.887451; -4.295517 (Wyndford Road) 04.026 1964 Residential Located in Wyndford.[6][3]
3= 171 Wyndford Road   74 metres (243 ft) 55°53′15″N 4°17′44″W / 55.887451°N 4.295517°W / 55.887451; -4.295517 (Wyndford Road) 04.026 1964 Residential Located in Wyndford.[6][3]
3= 190 Wyndford Road   74 metres (243 ft) 55°53′15″N 4°17′44″W / 55.887451°N 4.295517°W / 55.887451; -4.295517 (Wyndford Road) 04.026 1964 Residential Located in Wyndford.[6][3]
11 Glasgow City Chambers   73 metres (240 ft) 55°51′39″N 4°14′55″W / 55.860957°N 4.248511°W / 55.860957; -4.248511 (Glasgow City Chambers) 04.04 1889 Government Building [7][3]
12= 2 Taylor Place   72 metres (236 ft) 55°51′54″N 4°14′39″W / 55.864951°N 4.244064°W / 55.864951; -4.244064 (Townhead) 04.025 1967 Residential Located in Townhead.[8][3]
12= 15 Grafton Place   72 metres (236 ft) 55°51′54″N 4°14′39″W / 55.864951°N 4.244064°W / 55.864951; -4.244064 (Townhead) 04.025 1967 Residential Located in Townhead.[8][3]
12= 12 Dobbie's Loan Place[8][3]   72 metres (236 ft) 55°51′54″N 4°14′39″W / 55.864951°N 4.244064°W / 55.864951; -4.244064 (Townhead) 04.025 1967 Residential Located in Townhead.[8][3]
12= 7 St. Mungo Place[8][3]   72 metres (236 ft) 55°51′54″N 4°14′39″W / 55.864951°N 4.244064°W / 55.864951; -4.244064 (Townhead) 04.025 1967 Residential Located in Townhead.[8][3]
12= 178 Balgrayhill Road   72 metres (236 ft) 55°53′28″N 4°13′48″W / 55.891233°N 4.229900°W / 55.891233; -4.229900 (Balgrayhill) 04.025 1964 Residential Highest man-made point above sea level within Glasgow city boundary. Located in Springburn.[5][3]
12= 198 Balgrayhill Road   72 metres (236 ft) 55°53′28″N 4°13′48″W / 55.891233°N 4.229900°W / 55.891233; -4.229900 (Balgrayhill) 04.025 1964 Residential Highest man-made point above sea level within Glasgow city boundary. Located in Springburn.[5][3]
18 St. Andrew House   71 metres (233 ft) 55°51′52″N 4°15′15″W / 55.864571°N 4.254194°W / 55.864571; -4.254194 (St Andrew House) 01.018 1964 Hotel Converted to a Premier Inn hotel in 2012. The rooms on the 18th Floor are the highest hotel rooms in the city.[9][3]
19 Hilton Glasgow   70 metres (230 ft) 55°51′41″N 4°16′10″W / 55.861378°N 4.269345°W / 55.861378; -4.269345 (Hilton Glasgow) 01.020 1992 Hotel [10][3]
20= Ten 1960s tower blocks of varying design (two at Hutchesontown, three at Cowcaddens, five at Knightswood) and one modern apartment block at Glasgow Harbour are all the same height. 69 metres (226 ft) 01.024 Various Residential [11][3]

Other notable tall structuresEdit

Buildings with a Wikipedia article and over 50 metres in height.

Name Image Height Coordinates Floors Year Primary use Notes
Cathkin Braes wind turbine   125 metres (410 ft)[a]
80 metres (262 ft)[b]
55°47′51″N 4°12′56″W / 55.797467°N 4.215594°W / 55.797467; -4.215594 (Cathkin Braes wind turbine) 2013 Wind turbine [12]
Glasgow Cathedral   68.6 metres (225 ft) 55°51′47″N 4°14′05″W / 55.862978°N 4.234668°W / 55.862978; -4.234668 (Glasgow Cathedral) 1197 Cathedral [13][3]
St Andrew's West Church   67 metres (220 ft) 55°51′55″N 4°16′01″W / 55.865206°N 4.266865°W / 55.865206; -4.266865 (St Columba Church) 1852 Church [14]
Anniesland Court   66 metres (217 ft) 55°53′28″N 4°19′31″W / 55.891020°N 4.325166°W / 55.891020; -4.325166 (Anniesland Court) 01.024 1968 Residential Tallest listed building in Scotland. Only tower block to have a Category A listing in Glasgow. Located in Anniesland.[15][16]
Cineworld   62 metres (203 ft) 55°51′54″N 4°15′18″W / 55.865115°N 4.254955°W / 55.865115; -4.254955 (Cineworld Glasgow) 16 2001 Cinema Tallest Cinema complex in the world.[17]
Argyle Building   62 metres (203 ft) 55°51′34″N 4°16′04″W / 55.859477°N 4.267824°W / 55.859477; -4.267824 (Argyle Building) 01.020 2008 Residential [18]
St Columba Church   61 metres (200 ft) 55°51′46″N 4°16′00″W / 55.862774°N 4.266768°W / 55.862774; -4.266768 (St Columba Church) 1904 Cathedral [19]
St Mary's Cathedral   60.5 metres (198 ft) 55°52′24″N 4°16′30″W / 55.873397°N 4.275077°W / 55.873397; -4.275077 (St Mary's Cathedral) 1893 Cathedral [20]
Queen Elizabeth University Hospital   60 metres (197 ft) 55°51′43″N 4°20′28″W / 55.861973°N 4.341239°W / 55.861973; -4.341239 (South Glasgow University Hospital) 14 2015 Hospital [21]
Crowne Plaza Glasgow   55 metres (180 ft) 55°51′36″N 4°17′25″W / 55.860028°N 4.290414°W / 55.860028; -4.290414 (Crowne Plaza Glasgow) 17 1989 Hotel Part of the SECC.[22]
Finnieston Crane   53 metres (174 ft) 55°51′30″N 4°17′04″W / 55.858217°N 4.284492°W / 55.858217; -4.284492 (Finnieston Crane) 1931 Cantilever crane [23]
Elmbank Gardens   53 metres (174 ft) 55°51′54″N 4°16′11″W / 55.865018°N 4.269737°W / 55.865018; -4.269737 (Elmbank Gardens) 15 1973 Hotel [24]
Livingstone Tower   52 metres (171 ft) 55°51′40″N 4°14′36″W / 55.860974°N 4.243464°W / 55.860974; -4.243464 (Livingstone Tower) 17 1965 University Part of the University of Strathclyde.[25]
  1. ^ including rotating blades with 45 metres (148 ft) length
  2. ^ base 'hub' unit only.

Tallest under construction, approved, and proposedEdit

ApprovedEdit

Name Height
metres / ft
Floors Year (est.) Primary Use Location Notes
366 Cathedral Street 65 metres (213 ft) 23 Student Residence Townhead
Atlantic Square Building 1 45 metres (148 ft) 10 Office IFSD
Atlantic Square Building 2 34 metres (112 ft) 7 Office IFSD

ProposedEdit

Top 10 in Order of Height

Building Name Height Floors Main Usage Other Usage
Savoy Centre Towers 110 metres (361 ft) 32 Mixed None
Portcullis House, India St [26] 30 Residential
Jumeirah Hotel 92.5 metres (303 ft) 24 Hotel Residential
Custom House Quay[27] 69 metres (226 ft) 25 Hotel Residential
Sky Plaza 49 metres (161 ft) 16 Residential None
10–16 Dixon Street[28] 44 metres (144 ft) 14 Residential Retail
Homes for the Future phase 2 44 metres (144 ft) 13 Residential None
Central Quay Phase 5 42 metres (138 ft) 10 Office Retail
145 St Vincent Street 42 metres (138 ft) 10 Office None
Atlantic Square 40 metres (131 ft) 12 Office None
Building 3 Atlantic Quay 35 metres (115 ft) 10 Office None
St Andrews Wharf Residential 34 metres (112 ft) 11 Residential None

UnbuiltEdit

Name Height Floors Year Notes
East One 180 metres (591 ft) 55
Cheapside Tower 1 170 metres (558 ft) 50
Cheapside Tower 2 170 metres (558 ft) 50
Cheapside Tower 3 136 metres (446 ft) 40
Elphinstone Place 134 metres (440 ft) 39 Cancelled due to the 2008 Financial crisis. Now the site of the new Scottish Power HQ.[29]
Elmbank Tower 107.5 metres (353 ft) 28 [30]
Glasgow Harbour Tower 93 metres (305 ft) 30
Elphinstone Urban Village Tower 1 81 metres (266 ft) 27
Graving Docks Tower 1 65 metres (213 ft) 21
Elphinstone Urban Village Tower 2 60 metres (197 ft) 20

DemolishedEdit

Name Image Height Coordinates Floors Year built Year demolished Notes
Townsend Chimney 138 metres (453 ft) 55°52′16″N 4°15′05″W / 55.871207°N 4.251493°W / 55.871207; -4.251493 (Townsend's Chimney) N/A 1859 1964 At J. Townsend Chemical Works, Port Dundas. Tallest chimney in the world from 1859 to 1889.[31][32][33][34]
Tennant's Stalk 133 metres (436 ft) 55°52′13″N 4°14′05″W / 55.870249°N 4.234689°W / 55.870249; -4.234689 (Tennent's Stalk) N/A 1842 1922 At the St Rollox Chemical Works, Springburn. Tallest chimney in the world from 1842 to 1859. Demolished after being struck by lightning.[31][32][35][36]
Pinkston Power Station cooling tower 310 feet (94 m) 55°52′20″N 4°14′50″W / 55.8723°N 4.2472°W / 55.8723; -4.2472 (Pinkston) 1952 1976 Largest cooling tower in Europe at time of completion. Complex in Port Dundas (providing energy for the Glasgow Corporation Tramways) also included two 263 feet (80 m) chimney stacks.[37][38][39]
Tait Tower   91.4 metres (300 ft) 55°50′44″N 4°19′05″W / 55.845535°N 4.318183°W / 55.845535; -4.318183 (Tait Tower) ? 1938 1939 Built as part of the 1938 Empire Exhibition.
109 Bluevale Street   90.8 metres (298 ft) 55°51′21″N 4°12′56″W / 55.855958°N 4.215552°W / 55.855958; -4.215552 (Gallowgate) 30 1968 2015 Was the joint tallest inhabitable building in Scotland. Located in Gallowgate.[40]
51 Whitevale Street   90.8 metres (298 ft) 55°51′21″N 4°12′56″W / 55.855958°N 4.215552°W / 55.855958; -4.215552 (Gallowgate) 30 1968 2015 Was the joint tallest inhabitable building in Scotland. Located in Gallowgate.[40]
10 Red Road Court   89 metres (292 ft) 55°52′49″N 4°12′30″W / 55.880355°N 4.208291°W / 55.880355; -4.208291 (Red Road) 31 1967 2015 Tallest residential buildings in Europe at the time of completion.[41]
33 Petershill Drive   89 metres (292 ft) 55°52′49″N 4°12′30″W / 55.880355°N 4.208291°W / 55.880355; -4.208291 (Red Road) 31 1967 2015 Tallest residential buildings in Europe at the time of completion.[41]
63 Petershill Drive   89 metres (292 ft) 55°52′49″N 4°12′30″W / 55.880355°N 4.208291°W / 55.880355; -4.208291 (Red Road) 31 1967 2015 Tallest residential buildings in Europe at the time of completion.[41]
93 Petershill Drive   89 metres (292 ft) 55°52′49″N 4°12′30″W / 55.880355°N 4.208291°W / 55.880355; -4.208291 (Red Road) 31 1967 2015 Tallest residential buildings in Europe at the time of completion.[41]
123 Petershill Drive   89 metres (292 ft) 55°52′49″N 4°12′30″W / 55.880355°N 4.208291°W / 55.880355; -4.208291 (Red Road) 31 1967 2015 Tallest Residential buildings in Europe at the time of completion.[41]
21 Birnie Court   89 metres (292 ft) 55°52′49″N 4°12′30″W / 55.880355°N 4.208291°W / 55.880355; -4.208291 (Red Road) 31 1967 2013 Tallest residential buildings in Europe at the time of completion.[41]
153-213 Petershill Court   78 metres (256 ft) 55°52′49″N 4°12′30″W / 55.880355°N 4.208291°W / 55.880355; -4.208291 (Red Road) 28 1967 2012 [41]
10-30 Petershill Court   74 metres (243 ft) 55°52′49″N 4°12′30″W / 55.880355°N 4.208291°W / 55.880355; -4.208291 (Red Road) 26 1967 2015 [41]
Clydesdale Bank Tower   73 metres (240 ft) 55°51′32″N 4°17′42″W / 55.858993°N 4.295110°W / 55.858993; -4.295110 (Clydesdale Bank Tower) 1 1987 1989 Built for the Glasgow Garden Festival, later moved to Rhyl in Wales.[42]
240 Roystonhill   72 metres (236 ft) 55°52′03″N 4°13′26″W / 55.867604°N 4.223909°W / 55.867604; -4.223909 (Rosemount Street) 25 1967 1992 Located in Royston.[43]
20 Rosemount Street   72 metres (236 ft) 55°52′03″N 4°13′26″W / 55.867604°N 4.223909°W / 55.867604; -4.223909 (Rosemount Street) 25 1967 2013 Located in Royston.[43]
40 Rosemount Street   72 metres (236 ft) 55°52′03″N 4°13′26″W / 55.867604°N 4.223909°W / 55.867604; -4.223909 (Rosemount Street) 25 1967 2016 Located in Royston.[43]
Ten 1960s tower blocks of varying design (four at Laurieston, two at Gorbals, two at Hutchesontown) were all the same height. 69 metres (226 ft) 01.024 Various Residential [11]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  22. ^ Crowne Plaza Hotel at Emporis
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  28. ^ Dixon Street Development at Emporis
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