Sighthill flats bite the dust

The flats were demolished after 45 years in the Edinburgh skyline

THREE Edinburgh landmarks are no more after being demolished this morning (Sun).

The 16-storey Hermiston, Weir and Glenalmond blocks in Sighthill were brought down in controlled explosions shortly after 11.15am.

Residents were evacuated from the surrounding houses but many spectators gathered to watch the end of 45 years of history.

The tower blocks will make way for 320 new homes, which will be built on the site as part of the council’s 21st Century Homes regeneration plans.


Local schoolboy Lewis Reynolds won the enviable job of pushing the plunger to start the demolition.

The skyscrapers will make way for 320 new homes

The nine-year-old had designed the winning entry in a poster competition.

Three primary schools near the tower blocks took part in the competition, in which youngsters worked on the theme of safety issues around the site

Workers will remain on the site for several months to clear the debris.



VIDEO: Demolition of three multi storey buildings in Sighthill, Edinburgh