Glasgow's Stone Circle is removed as part of the Sighthill Project
18 April 2016
The standing stones of Sighthill Park - known as the Sighthill Megalith – have been temporarily removed by VHE as part of a £250m regeneration of the area.
Established in 1979 by the Glasgow Parks Department Astronomy Project, the location of the stone circle at that time was guided by the Scottish author Duncan Lunan who was present last week when the work to remove the stones began.
In a strange turn of events the stone circle will actually be relocated to the south-east of their current location on the original site that Mr Lunan had chosen back in the 1970s, although at that time this location was not suitable due to the tall residential blocks obscuring the horizon sight lines.
The land remediation work in Sighthill Park is part of a five year programme of works that will deliver almost 800 new high-quality homes for sale and rent, a new community school campus, a new footbridge across the M8 and the creation of a ‘street in the sky’ to connect Sighthill with the city centre.
In addition, a new road bridge across the railway to link Sighthill with Port Dundas will also be added, along with improved parkland, allotments and public spaces.
VHE is undertaking remediation work as a result of the activity that occurred in Sighthill’s industrial past when large amounts of galligu, created as a by-product of the soda works which occupied the site, were dumped across the local area. An unfortunate consequence of this being the foul smelling release of hydrogen sulphide when the material becomes wet.
The regeneration of Sighthill is being delivered by Transforming Communities: Glasgow, a partnership between Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Housing Association and the Scottish Government.
Below you can view a short video produced by Glasgow City Council of the operation on the day also providing a brief history of the stones.