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Residents won’t return to Blackwood Court complex
A Dundee sheltered housing complex is being demolished and its owners don’t know if they can replace it. Blackwood Court in Glamis Road has been empty since 2008 when its residents were decanted to new builds in Charleston. That move didn’t go smoothly with residents complaining they had become the target of some local youths in Charleston. Now it seems the move is permanent as owners of the Blackwood complex Margaret Blackwood Housing Association have had difficulties raising the millions of pounds it would take to renovate the complex and have decided on demolition.
Tayside House days are numbered plus demolition for the Hilltown
Following the opening of the brand new Dundee House in Lindsay Street, Tayside House’s days are numbered. Once the headquarters for Tayside Regional Council the building will be dismantled piece by piece because of its close proximity to the railway tunnel. Meanwhile there’s more demolition planned for the Hilltown (will there be any left) councillors are being asked to approve a £400,000 plan to demolish the flats in Russell Place beneath Butterburn Court
Hilltown Multis Demolished
After all the waiting it took less than 10 seconds to reduce hundreds of homes in the Alexander Street multis to rubble. If you blinked you might have missed it as the multis were exploded to fall into towards one another to minimise the effect on the surrounding area.
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People from the Hilltown
In a week which will see a whole street of multi storey buildings demolished we hear from people on the Hilltown about life on the Hill. At the time these recordings were made (2002) there were only rumours that the Alexander Street multis would be the next to be demolished. But on everyone elses mind in the Hilltown was the overall state of the Hilltown. With hundreds of homes already cleared from Maxwelltown (and the shops) Carnegie Square, Wellington Square, Jamaica Square and the Nelson Bar and Scott’s Newsagents. Little remains standing. Only the Mark Henderson Centre, named after a young man who lost his life in Carnegie Square after getting into a fight. Its main peace now derived from the fact that the Fire Department doesn’t make weekly calls to rubbish bin fires. For those of us who lived there it was a concrete jungle. Towards the end of their useful life people from outwith Dundee and some asylum seekers and ethnic minority groups were housed behind the protection of the wire fences, conceirge services and 24 hour cctv cover, all of which is not a far cry from the entry gate at Perth Prison.
But ultimately people don’t want to live on top of people and the white picket fence mentality and the desire to have your own door would lead to the end of these social housing solutions.
Remember the people who talk to Time Capsule are doing so 3 years before You Tube is invented so although many are surprised and happy that someone has taken the time to record their thoughts, they understand that if we didn’t do it most of this would be lost.
At the moment we are concentrating on the interviews with individual people, we also have the street views which will become even more interesting with the passage of time. Tonight we hear from Helen Stark owner of a well known Dundee business Behr’s which at one time had three branches across the city.
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Part of Dundee blows up !
With all this talk of the Alexander Street multis being demolished this sunday we thought you’d be in the mood to see Dundee blowing up. So lets blow something up. This is a quick look back at another Dundee multi demolition filmed at the turn of the century.
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Hilltown Multis set for demolition
After all the discussion over the last few years over whether or not it could be done it’s finally been announced that the Alexander Street multi storeys will be blown down at the end of July. The Dundee Channel first ran a story on 27th October 2009, one month after the channel launched when work to remove the houses in Wellington Square was underway. The glass and fittings have been removed from Jamaica and Wellington towers and Carnegie and Maxwelltown will follow soon. During the demolition 600 homes will be evacuated and an area equivalent to one block round the area will form an exclusion zone as the block are brought down one by one. You’ll hear in the video what the area had to do with the blueprints for The Dundee Channel click the picture below to watch our video.
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