High-rise milestone as final two towers demolished

Alex Clark and Cllr Heather McVey in front of the two high rises to be demolished

Cumbernauld’s last two tower blocks are being reduced to rubble, making space for more than 130 new homes.

The demolition of Stuart House and Elliot House in Burns Road by high-reach excavator marks the end of more than 50 years of high-rise living in the town.

Sanctuary consulted the local community before submitting a planning application to North Lanarkshire Council for 136 flats for social rent.

The proposals for Burns Road are the next chapter in our successful £75 million high-rise regeneration project.

The site is expected to be cleared by September. If our proposals are approved by North Lanarkshire Council, Sanctuary hopes to begin building new homes at Burns Road next February.

Councillor Heather McVey, Convener of Communities and Housing with North Lanarkshire Council, said: “The demolition of these two towers is very significant as we say goodbye to the last of the tower blocks in Cumbernauld after more than half a century.

“Housing needs have changed considerably since the new town was constructed and as these last blocks come down, we can look forward to their replacement with new, high quality flats to rent which will help meet the need for affordable housing in the area.”