Hutchesontown is an inner-city area in Glasgow, Scotland. Mostly residential, it is situated directly south of the River Clyde and forms part of the wider historic Gorbals district, which is covered by the Southside Central ward under Glasgow City Council.
The area is linked to Glasgow Green public park on the north side of the river by St. Andrew's Suspension Bridge and King's Bridge. At its north-western edge, Albert Bridge is the closest crossing point towards Glasgow city centre.
In McNeill Street, Hutchesontown has one of Glasgow's original Carnegie libraries, deftly designed by the Inverness-born architect James Robert Rhind. James Stokes, recipient of the Victoria Cross, was from the area.
Comprehensive Development Area
Following the Second World War, Hutchesontown was declared a Comprehensive Development Area (CDA) in 1957, in the aftermath of the Bruce Report. This called for the mass gentrification of the area which took the form of slum clearance and the replacement of overcrowded, insanitary tenement housing with new homes in high rise tower blocks. The area became almost unrecognisable from its previous appearance, with blocks of tenements swept away along with several Victorian and Edwardian-era churches and civic buildings which in later times would have been considered to be of architectural merit.
Hutchesontown was in effect used as a testing ground for similar schemes around the city. It was decided to divide the area into five "zones" which were given to different architects to implement a mixture of different schemes.
- Area A – on the northern side of the CDA was devoted to conventional maisonette style housing - today close to the Gorbals Health Centre and Gorbals Sports Centre.
- Area B – nowadays known as the Riverside estate, was given to architect Robert Matthew. His four 18-storey blocks – built in 1964 to the distinctive "scissor section" configuration – on the banks of the River Clyde still stand, and are widely regarded as the most successful of the Gorbals high-rises and have received numerous refurbishments in their lifetime. The Strathclyde Grain distillery lies directly to the east.
- Area C – was the responsibility of Basil Spence, and became the most infamous of the five schemes. The Queen Elizabeth Square blocks encountered numerous structural and social problems, and were demolished in 1993.
- Area D – in the south of the CDA was developed by the newly created Scottish Special Housing Association and consisted of four 24 storey blocks at Caledonia Road (the main bus route through the area between Glasgow and Rutherglen) and an estate of smaller maisonettes and 8-storey "mini-multis". Two of the towers were demolished in early 2006; the remaining two were refurbished, but in 2020 it was confirmed that they too would be demolished in the near future due to issues with the cladding that was applied in the previous work and the prohibitive cost of remedying these faults. This sector is close to the Oatlands neighbourhood, the Southern Necropolis cemetery and the 'Dixon's Blazes' industrial estate.
- Area E – closest to Gorbals Cross and Laurieston, consisted of an estate of five-storey deck-access blocks and two 24-storey towers at Sandiefield Road, constructed in 1968. Within a few years, however, the low-rise buildings became badly affected by dampness and condensation problems and were presently declared unfit for habitation; they were finally demolished in 1987. The two towers were condemned in 2010 and were demolished at 14:00 on 21 July 2013.
and Waddell Court towers ('Hutchie B'), 2009
Modern apartments on the site of Queen Elizabeth Square
19th-century St Francis Church, in 'Hutchie C' area but spared from the wrecking ball, now a community centre, 2012
Caledonia Road towers ('Hutchie D'), 2005, shortly before the demolition of two (right)
Gorbals Training Centre, McNeill Street (formerly Hutchesontown Library), 2013
'Hutchie E' deck-access blocks, 1985
Sandiefield Road towers ('Hutchie E'), 2011