From multi-storey to motorway

From multi-storey to motorway

It will be used by thousands of commuters daily and is predicted to bring a huge economic boost to the city when it opens this year.

But few who take to the M74 extension are likely to realise they're driving across 116,500 tonnes of some of Glasgow's most iconic multi-storeys.

As a result of Glasgow Housing Association's commitment to sustainability, debris from the demolitions of GHA flats across the city has been recycled and used to help build the new M74 motorway link.

Blowdowns at Sighthill's Fountainwell Place, Fountainwell Avenue and Fountainwell Square over the last three years have generated 70,000 tonnes of rubble alone for the motorway link.

Another 36,000 tonnes from Stirlingfauld Place in Laurieston and 10,500 tonnes from Shawbridge Street in Pollokshaws also went into the new road which connects the M74 at Fullarton Road with the M8 south west of the Kingston Bridge.

Some of the 2014 Commonwealth Games venues and roads around the venues are also being made with a little help from recycled high-rise rubble.

More than 54,000 tonnes of debris from Fountainwell Terrace and Fountainwell Square in Sighthill as well as Forge Place in Germiston and Broomloan Court in Ibrox have been used in Commonwealth Games projects.

Alex McGuire, GHA's Executive Director of Development and Regeneration, said: "We take our environmental responsibilities seriously. We work closely with our demolition contractors to find ways to recycle as much of the material as possible and also try to recycle the debris at local sites to reduce transport requirements. Around 95 per cent of the building rubble can be reused.

"At GHA, we encourage any new ways the debris can be used in other projects for the good of the city.??

Blocks of flats are stripped of kitchen, bathroom and bedroom units and also wood and cabling before demolition starts. Windows and doors are also removed.

All that remains is the concrete and bricks of the building. After demolition, the debris is put through mobile crushers on site and turned into small pebble-size material for use in other projects.

GHA has already helped change the face of the city with around 12,500 properties demolished since 2003.

The demolitions are one part of the regeneration of communities being carried out with partners including Glasgow City Council.

Former residents move into brand new homes built by GHA or other Registered Social Landlords or into other homes which have been upgraded and modernised.

This year will see the planned demolitions of flats at Coll Place and two blocks at Red Road. The demolition of Red Road will see scrap steelwork delivered on to a potentially worldwide market.

Once these blocks have been demolished the rubble will be crushed, graded and recycled. Concrete floors and wall panels will be processed on site by a crusher and then used to fill in the site once the foundations are dug. Around 95 per cent of the building rubble can be reused.

As well as recycling, by demolishing old homes and building new properties, GHA has helped reduce the carbon footprint of homes, and of Glasgow as a whole, by cutting over 160,000 tonnes of CO2 - enough to fill 32,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.