Safety fears as work starts at doomed tower

WORK to prepare a Motherwell tower block for demolition was criticised this week - as residents claimed debris was being thrown from flat windows.

Glencairn Tower will be razed to the ground in the autumn.

The £700,000 contract has been awarded to Technical Demolition Services Ltd (TDS), who are set to make their plans public in the near future.

The company are already on site with internal fixtures and fittings being removed in advance of the demolition, but their technique for this has been slammed by nearby residents who have reported them to the Health and Safety Executive.

Charlie Sargent, who lives across the road in Parkhead Street, said: “I could scarcely believe it when I saw material just flying out the windows.

“The other day I had a plumber in who said he’d seen a fridge freezer dropped from the 14th floor.

“So far everything seems to be landing inside the fence TDS erected around the tower, but given the winds we’ve had recently I fear it is entirely possible that stuff could start landing outside.”

HSE confirmed they had received a complaint, but after an investigation were satisfied on the safety precautions taken.

The Times understands demolition will take place over either the September weekend or October school holiday week when nearby Glencairn Primary is empty.

The 17-storey building was completed in 1964, but in 2009 the council agreed that rather than spend £10 million on improvements it should make way for ‘low-rise affordable homes’.

Full story in April 21 edition of Motherwell Times