Sighthill Park is part of the largest of eight Transformational Regeneration Areas (known as TRAs), on the North side of the River Clyde. Glasgow City Council proposed Sighthill as an area to host the Youth Olympic Games in 2018, but lost to Buenos Aires in Argentina. However, the proposals submitted for that bid meant that regeneration work is between 10 and 20 years ahead of the original TRA schedule. For the purposes of the bid an athletes’ village had to be created. The site was originally a housing scheme, consisting of substantial high-rise buildings, designed by Crudens Ltd between 1964 and 1969. The neighbourhood declined in the 1970s, and because it suffered from low occupancy, it was used as temporary housing for refugees and asylum seekers. In 2005 the Fountainwell part of the site was taken over by Glasgow Housing Association and demolition work began. Five Fountainwell blocks were demolished, as eventually were all five Pinkston blocks, despite a campaign to save two by local residents. The new development will contain private, social rented and student accommodation, along with a new park and other public facilities. Dating from 1840, Sighthill cemetery, to the extreme North side of the site, contains memorials to Radicals of the 1820 Scottish Insurrection, John Baird and Andrew Hardie. William Mossman and his sculptor sons are also buried there.
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