OPERATIONAL GUIDANCE FOR MEDIA
MULTI-STOREY BLOWDOWN AT SIGHTHILL ON SUNDAY
Sighthill’s multi-storey Broomview Court is to be demolished with explosives on Sunday 21st September. City Housing Leader Councillor Paul Edie along with Broomview Court resident Ian Begg, who lived in the building for its full 40 year life, will push the plunger to ignite the fuse. Cllr. Edie and Mr Begg will be available for interview.
There will be an extensive evacuation zone surrounding the North Sighthill area but media are invited to a viewing platform on the Calder Road (heading west out of town before roundabout) where the ‘demolition ceremony’ will take place. The spot provides a full view of the building from the ground. See attached flyer for information.
The event will also be filmed from height on the 11th floor of the nearby Hermiston Court building by the BBC/STV and film will be made available on a pooled basis. Access is very limited so the Scottish Press Association will distribute photographs taken from this point.
Media are advised to arrive no later than 10:45 to set up. It is anticipated that the blowdown will take place at some point between 11:00 and 12:30 with a view to it happening as early as possible. Parking is restricted in the immediate area so leave enough time to walk through crowds of people to the viewing area.
The demolition is subject to weather and health and safety requirements on the day which could cause delay or postponement. Media will be advised via news release as early as possible on Sunday if the event is to be delayed / postponed.
Location: Calder Road Roundabout – Viewing platform
Date: Sunday 21st September
Time: Media to report to Gareth Jones at viewing platform before 10:45 – Please contact prior to event to confirm attendance if possible.
Parking – Media can park at Sighthill Loan, EH11 4NP
Phone: 0131 529 4489
On the day: 0131 529 4040 (diverts to mo
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