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Glasgow Empire Exhibition Tower

 

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Other Information

  • The Glasgow Empire Exhibition Tower was built for Empire Exhibition in Glasgow and opened by King George the VI as the centrepiece of the sprawling park built with the support of Sir James Lithgow and Cecil Weir.
  • Thanks to the backers, the architect was able to draw on steel industry of Glasgow and have the entire structure built in prefabricated form to his design. Once this was done it was possible to erect the tower in only nine weeks.
  • Running up the inside of the central steel structure were two lift shafts. These conveyed 1,312,392 paying visitors before the tower was shut.
  • It was demolished as part of the preparation for World War 2 in 1939 following concerns it would act as a marker for approaching bombers.

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Architect
Thomas Smith Tait
Services Engineer
J Campbell Murray
Structural Engineer
Crouch & Hogg

Reference Data

Reference No.
2338
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
12-11-2010
 

Building Location

Address
Bellahouston park, Glasgow. G41
Council
Glasgow City Council
County
Glasgow
Region
Scotland
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Demolished
Proposal date
1937
Construction start date
1938
Completion date
1938
Renovation Date
1939
Style
Art Deco

Roof Height (AGL)
91.44

Number of Lifts
2

Market Data

Primary Use
Observation Tower


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