Demolition at Springwells

Work to demolish an old, dangerous tenement building in Springwells, Blantyre has started.

Demolition contractors moved in this week to demolish the former Millers Fireplace and Frasers buildings on the North side of Glasgow Road near the Blantyre boundary with Burnbank.

The stone built tenement building has been derelict for a few years, with heavy subsidence making it dangerous to pedestrians. It’s been fenced off for a few months, with traffic lights and lane restrictions protecting drivers. Work has begun to carefully demolish the building.

The situation was a little complex. Work is being done by the council after attempts to get the owners to demolish it failed, with the intention of charging the owners at a later date. This building, which was initially McCaffries pub has been a prominent landmark at that location since the 1870’s. During the 20th Century it became a restaurant, cafe and then latterly shops. We’re sure, given its exceptionally poor condition, many people will agree it had been an eyesore, the removal now long overdue.

Demolition was approved on 31st March 2022 with service disconnections already taken place. Traffic management will be removed once demolition is complete.

Our photos were taken earlier this morning, Thursday 28th April 2022. What’s your memories of this well known building?

Photo Courtesy: Blantyre Telegraph


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