Today’s post looks at ‘Rehousing’ schemes in the 1930s for those from slum clearance areas. We highlight (a) Hamiltonhill the pioneering slum-clearance scheme and the first new ‘Rehousing' Scheme and (b) Blackhill, controversial because of its proximity to the Provan Gas Works.
With the pressure to provide housing with affordable rents, these were built to a higher density, with cheaper materials and with little opportunity for aesthetic refinement in architectural design. They were deliberately nearer the City centre than the earlier schemes to be close to workplaces, some of them were in fact uncomfortably close to industrial premises. Yet the disadvantages had to be counterbalanced with the urgent need for slum clearance in Glasgow's older and more dilapidated communities. The new estates provided a vast improvement in living conditions and were popular with the original tenants