Going….going… but not quite gone!

October 11, 2015 by  

Joe Graham's starting point.

Joe Graham’s starting point.

There was confusion tonight about the safety of residents in the area around the Red Road flats demolition site and whether or not they would be able to return home.

A BBC television broadcast said an emergency inspection was being carried out after two of the six tower blocks failed to come down completely. The remaining unsafe structures had to be examined and consideration was being given to having them ‘pushed over’ on Monday.

This unexpected setback cast doubts on whether local residents could return to their homes on Sunday. The television report said they should consult the GHA website. But that website did not give any information on what to do.

Joe Graham captures the implosions at the base of the tower blocks.

Joe Graham captures the implosions at the base of the tower blocks.

A GHA spokesman said: ‘The original plan for today’s demolition was that 10 floors of the blocks would remain for dismantling, post blowdown, by machine. However, this did not go completely to plan. Over the next few days the contractors, Safedem, will carry out a review to determine the best way of now completing the demolition.

“Residents began moving back into their homes shortly after 6pm, just over an hour later than originally planned.

“We sincerely apologise to everyone involved for this delay and any additional inconvenience caused.’

Later the GHA spokesman added: ‘Exclusion zone has been lifted, everyone is getting back into their homes tonight.’

The tower blocks start crashing down.

The tower blocks start crashing down.

 

 

 

 

Seems to be going well...

Seems to be going well…

Seems to be all over...

Almost  all over…

Dust cloud begins to rise...

Dust cloud begins to rise…

But out of the dust - two bits of tower blocks still stand.

But out of the dust – two bits of tower blocks still stand.

Photographer Joe Graham studies photography at Glasgow Kelvin College. He was taking these shots as part of his ‘reportage’ study.  Thanks Joe for sharing your pictures of the Red Road flats blow down on Sunday 11 October 2015.

 

 

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