Glasgow residents evacuated as stone tower is considered dangerous after storm

Trinity Tower

Trinity Tower before Enigma Industrial Services installed scaffolding after stone started falling off. The scaffold will eventually reach a height of 47 metres and surround the tower before the building undergoes a complete refurbishment, including a scheme to stabilise it with internal steel bracing.

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Storm Malik has left people living near Glasgow’s sandstone Trinity Tower wondering when they will be able to return home. 

They were evacuated and six roads closed because the tower was considered dangerous. It already had scaffolding around it, erected by Enigma Industrial Services last year because the sandstone from which the tower is constructed had started falling off.

People living near the landmark tower fear they might be unable to return home for months.

The storm saw winds of up to 80mph and led to the death of a woman in Aberdeen when a tree blew over on her.

After the storm, an exclusion zone was set up around the Trinity Building in Glasgow, which was converted to apartments in 1986 having originally been built in the 1850s as a theological college for training church ministers.

Glasgow City Council said the tower's structural deterioration had worsened in high winds during Storm Malik.

Contractors from JCJ Group, who had begun repair work on the tower earlier in January, contacted the council after the storm saying the high winds had worsened the condition of the structure.

It was decided that the area had to be evacuated for the safety of the public.

A page on the Glasgow City Council website has been devoted to keeping residents informed about developments. It can be accessed at