Project: The Great Eastern

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Re: Project: The Great Eastern

Postby dave2 » Tue Mar 17, 2009 5:16 pm

They stopped doing piling a week ago I think and some of the piles they put in seemed to be going in at 'non vertical' angles.

Still its a huge amount of builders huts etc - prime for a demolition site office and then start with a nice clean sheet.
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Re: Project: The Great Eastern

Postby Mori » Tue Mar 17, 2009 11:52 pm

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[Duke Street] Glasgow
both ways between A8, High Street, Glasgow and Bellgrove Street closed
Glasgow City - Duke Street closed both ways between the A8 High Street junction and the Bellgrove Street junction in Glasgow, unsafe building. Diversion in operation.

Last updated: 17th March 2009 at 18:56, ending: 18th March 2009
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Re: Project: The Great Eastern

Postby Sharon » Wed Mar 18, 2009 7:28 pm

A few quick snaps from a week or two ago.

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Re: Project: The Great Eastern

Postby Mori » Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:44 am

Seemingly they are strengthening the founds for the new developments underground parking, i am hearing.

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Safety fears over former hostel

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Renovations on a building which used to house hundreds of homeless men in Glasgow have been halted amid concerns about safety.
The area surrounding the Great Eastern Hotel has been closed to traffic after contractors raised fears about the structure of the building.
A section of Duke Street has been closed in both directions between Bellgrove Street and High Street.
John Knox Street has also been closed between Wishart Street and Duke Street.
Building control officers from Glasgow City Council imposed the restrictions after being called in by contractors.
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A council spokesman said: "We will continue to liaise with the contractors on site to get the roads open as soon as possible, as long as it's safe to do so."
The Great Eastern Hotel was built in 1849 as the Duke Street Cotton Mill by Charles Wilson.
The B-listed five-storey structure started being used as a shelter for homeless in 1907 and gradually gained a notorious reputation until it closed in 2001.
Plans were unveiled in 2005 to give the building a new lease of life as a £10m complex of luxury flats
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Re: Project: The Great Eastern

Postby Sharon » Thu Mar 19, 2009 1:08 pm

http://eveningtimes.co.uk/news/display. ... 32.0.0.php

A corner has collapsed, will pop out and try and grab a photo later.
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Re: Project: The Great Eastern

Postby Fat Cat » Thu Mar 19, 2009 2:05 pm

Time to put it out of its misery and pull it down.
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Re: Project: The Great Eastern

Postby crusty_bint » Thu Mar 19, 2009 3:32 pm

http://www.architecturescotland.co.uk
Contractor CCG issued a statement advising that the building has now been stabilised and the collapse occurred in an expected and controlled manner. The collapse occurred in the midst of ongoing works to transform the former hostel into flats to designs by Elder & Cannon for Milnbank Housing Association.

Integrity of the Mill’s structure had long been questioned with some dubious as to the stability of the structures mass concrete and corrugated iron. With those fears now borne out there is concern of a progressive collapse endangering the future viability of the building.
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Re: Project: The Great Eastern

Postby Mori » Thu Mar 19, 2009 4:15 pm

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70ft section of wall falls at Great Eastern

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A 70FT section of the former Great Eastern Hotel in Glasgow's East End collapsed today.
Safety fears prompted road closures around the Duke Street development site earlier this week.
And this morning one corner of the building, which was surrounded by scaffolding, was allowed to collapse.
The work on the building is part of a £15million project to transform the derelict hotel into flats

A spokesman for contractor CCG said: "Work to stabilise the building has been undertaken safely without problem.
"A section that was predicted to fail did fail. It was totally controlled and police were notified, as was building control.
"The collapse meant scaffolding put up previously had to be sacrificed because it would have been unsafe to remove it.
"Now engineers can have a greater look at how the other sections of the building have been affected."
Traffic restrictions around the site will likely remain for three weeks.
Duke Street is closed in both directions between High Street and Bellgrove Street, while John Knox Street is shut between Wishart Street and Duke Street.
Duke Street has also been closed to pedestrians in front of the Great Eastern.
There are traffic diversions eastbound between High Street, Gallowgate, Bellgrove Street and Duke Street and westbound between Duke Street, Bellgrove Street, Gallowgate, Moir Street, London Road, and High Street.
The Great Eastern Hotel, which opened in 1907, used to house homeless men. It was closed as a hostel in 2001.

Publication date 19/03/09
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Re: Project: The Great Eastern

Postby Sharon » Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:29 am

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It's quite a hole.
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Re: Project: The Great Eastern

Postby banjo » Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:31 pm

thats exactly what happened to the building that i lived in once.heard a rumble during the night ,thought it was thunder and got wakened in the morning by the police ordering every person out of the close.the two closes next to mine had lost their rear walls in the middle of the night.they just collapsed into the back court.two nights spent in the local community centre while the council slapped a cpo on the building and got a whole street into emergency housing.
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Re: Project: The Great Eastern

Postby gap74 » Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:54 am

I'm hearing a rumour that another huge chunk of the eastern section has collapsed, anyone able to confirm?
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Re: Project: The Great Eastern

Postby Sharon » Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:09 pm

Just had a quick look, and it seems half the gable end has been taken down, along with the front portion to match the width of the hole at the back... don't know what it looks like will happen next!
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Re: Project: The Great Eastern

Postby Pyroninja » Thu Apr 16, 2009 5:16 pm

Was behind it the other day..

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Worker removing part of the collapsed scaffolding

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Also found this while wandering across the wasteground behind the hotel...retro : )
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Re: Project: The Great Eastern

Postby scottland » Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:32 pm

I lived in the GEH as a teenager in the early 80s, I couldnt understand what was Great about it. Everything smelled and tasted of disinfectant.
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Re: Project: The Great Eastern

Postby fullfatmilk » Sun May 03, 2009 4:56 pm

Just another couple of shots from behind The Great Eastern Hotel (2 May 2009):

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If you look at the far right-hand side of the building you'll notice that that entire side wall has been removed.


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A mighty big retainer wall, some 15/16 feet high.
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