Coll Place, Glasgow


Early Morning BlastIt took 55 kg of explosives and just five seconds to reduce this 17-storey GHA high-rise to 12,000 tonnes of rubble. The early morning timing of the demolition at 15 Coll Place, Germiston reduced the time the nearby railway line was closed.

The demolition was carried out under strictly controlled conditions which included evacuating 250 local residents who lived within the exclusion zone. The GHA flats were part of the Glasgow skyline since 1967. They were part of three tower blocks in Germiston.

One block at 9 Coll Place was demolished in 1992 and the other block at 15 Forge Place came down in 2008. Safedem Managing Director William Sinclair said: We’ve built up a successful relationship with GHA over the past three years.

During this time we’ve brought down 16 blocks throughout Glasgow. We’d like to thank nearby residents for their patience and understanding while the demolition was carried out. It requires a real team effort and everyone has pulled together to make this another safe and successful blowdown.