Dalmarnock (/dælˈmɑːrnək/, Scottish Gaelic: Dail Mheàrnaig[1]) is a district in the Scottish city of Glasgow. It is situated north of the River Clyde opposite the town of Rutherglen. It is bounded by the Clyde to the south and east, Parkhead to the north, and Bridgeton at Dunn Street to the north west. The area covers part of a loop in the River Clyde called the Cuningar Loop (known locally as 'The Vallies').

Location within Glasgow
OS grid referenceNS611630
Council area
Lieutenancy area
  • Glasgow
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGLASGOW
Postcode districtG40
Dialling code0141
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament


Victorian sandstone tenements in Ardenlea Street that were originally renovated as part of the GEAR (Glasgow East Area Renewal) scheme in the late 1970s, but had their residents systematically rehoused, which led them to fall into a dilapidated state once more. They were totally demolished as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes' Village masterplan by RMJM.
The same general area in 2016, now Auckland Wynd (road layout changes mean there is now no direct counterpart to Ardenlea Street)

The area was once heavily industrialised. Sir William Arrol & Co. had its extensive engineering works at Dunn Street and Baltic Street from 1873. From its beginnings in boiler making, the firm later became renowned for its achievements in the field of Structural engineering. Amongst the many bridges constructed throughout Britain were the Forth Railway Bridge and Forth Road Bridge, the Humber Bridge and London's Tower Bridge. The company was eventually taken over by Clarke Chapman in 1969 and the Dalmarnock Works closed in 1986. There was also a large coal-fired power station located near Dalmarnock Bridge. It was built by Glasgow Corporation in two stages, with phase one opening in 1920 and phase two in 1926. It was closed in 1977 by the South of Scotland Electricity Board.

The east side of Allan Street was bombed during the Second World War. Most of the Victorian red sandstone tenements on Dalmarnock Road and Springfield Road were demolished in the 1960s and early-1970s, although some were renovated. In the 1960s, a new housing scheme was built, consisting of four twenty-two storey tower blocks and "H-block" maisonettes. Two of the towers, 40 & 50 Millerfield Road, were demolished on 3 February 2002.[2] One other tower was demolished on 1 July 2007, and the final one on 9 September 2007. This physical transformation featured in Chris Leslie's 'Disappearing Glasgow' book.[3]

By August 2011, Dalmarnock had no housing on Ardenlea Street/Sunnybank Street side of the area,[4][5] due to the preparations and land need for the construction in the area pertaining to the Commonwealth Games and City Legacy. After the departure of all local retailers from the area, all that remained was a small shop which was set up by the workers in the Community Centre.[6] This was a welcome boon for the area residents as the nearest shops were not within walking distance.

There is a petrol station on Dalmarnock Road and a car wash. There are also a lot of small business units in the Nuneaton Street area and the Calder Millerfield factory which supplies meat-based products to the fast-food market.

Further residential developments in the area following the Commonwealth Games include Riverside,[7] a project on the site of the former large power station[8][9][10] overlooking the river (approximately 550 homes for purchase and social rent),[11] and a site near the railway station (200 homes, in planning as of 2018).[12]


The area used to have four schools: Springfield Road Primary, Springfield Primary, Riverside Secondary and Our Lady of Fatima RC Primary School on Springfield Road have now closed. There is a Dalmarnock Primary School, but it is situated in the nearby Bridgeton area and should not be counted in the schools list for the area. A new primary school[13] was developed by Glasgow City Council; Riverbank Primary School, opened in August 2019.[14]

Commonwealth Games

Dalmarnock was the location for the athletes' village when Glasgow hosted the 2014 Commonwealth Games[15][16] and proposed skyscraper East One.

The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, constructed for the Games, is located at the intersection of Springfield Road, London Road and the Glasgow East End Regeneration Route.

From 19 May to 2 June 2014, BBC One Scotland aired a documentary entitled "Commonwealth City" which showed how the people and community in Dalmarnock have been affected since the games were announced in November 2007. It was narrated by actor Martin Compston.[17] The documentary features local resident Margaret Jaconelli (evicted to make way for the Games),[5] David Stewart (youth and community campaigner)[18][17] Darren Faulds (local entrepreneur) and local councillors George Redmond & Yvonne Kucuk.

Clyde Gateway is a large-scale regeneration programme which includes Dalmarnock. It is a partnership between Glasgow City Council, South Lanarkshire Council and Scottish Enterprise, backed by funding and direct support from the Scottish Government.[19]


Dalmarnock railway station, on the Argyle Line, serves the local area. The station was upgraded for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.[20]

Dalmarnock Railway Bridges

There have been two railway bridges in Dalmarnock crossing the River Clyde. The first bridge was built in 1861,[21] but was soon replaced in 1897[22] by a wider bridge to accommodate the Dalmarnock branch line. The stone pillars of the old bridge are still in situ adjacent to the newer bridge. Both bridges were designed by George Graham.[23]

Dalmarnock Bridge

Dalmarnock bridges, 2016. Road bridge upper, railway bridge (including piers of earlier bridge) lower.

There is a bridge over the River Clyde on Dalmarnock Road (A749) called Dalmarnock Bridge. The first bridge in the area was wooden, erected in 1821 to connect Dalmarnock and the Farme Cross area of Rutherglen. It was replaced by a new timber bridge in 1848, [24] and in 1891 by the current Dalmarnock Bridge, designed by Glasgow consulting engineers, Crouch & Hogg.[25]

The Glasgow side of the bridge is a convenient point for walkers and cyclists to join the Clyde Walkway or National Cycle Route 75 which share a tarmac path along the river at this point.

It should not be confused with the nearby Rutherglen Bridge which also connects Rutherglen (Shawfield) to Dalmarnock as well as Glasgow Green and Bridgeton, nor with a modern pedestrian 'Smartbridge' between Shawfield and Dalmarnock.

Notable people

See also


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  2. "Tower blocks reduced to rubble". 3 February 2002. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. Mallon, Maggie (29 October 2016). "New book Disappearing Glasgow look at the vanishing 'streets in the sky'". dailyrecord. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  4. Wainwright, Oliver (3 March 2014). "Glasgow faces up to reality of a divided Commonwealth Games legacy". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  5. Summers, Lisa (26 March 2014). "Glasgow 2014: Margaret Jaconelli's story". Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  6. "Shops axed...so we're locals' lifeline". Senscot. 20 October 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  7. About the development, Riverside Dalmarnock
  8. Glasgow, Dalmarnock Road, Dalmarnock Power Station, Canmore
  9. Dalmarnock Road Power Station, Glesga Pals
  10. Dalmarnock Power Station (1955), The Glasgow Story
  11. Homes planned for Dalmarnock Power Station site, BBC News, 28 April 2015
  12. Plans for over 200 homes to be built on derelict site in east end, Glasgow Live, 5 September 2018
  13. "Community asked to vote for name of new Dalmarnock primary school - and not everyone is happy". Evening Times. 26 January 2018. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  14. "Riverbank Primary: Take a tour inside Glasgow's new school". Evening Times. 15 August 2019. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  15. The Athletes' Village - Glasgow's Bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games Archived 16 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  16. "Glasgow Athletes' Village in bid to build 125 new homes in tented site". Evening Times. 18 April 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  17. "BBC One - Commonwealth City". BBC. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  18. "Youth campaigner resigns from Scottish Labour over arrest row Glasgow councillor". Evening Times. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  19. Home Page, Clyde Gateway
  20. Dalmarnock Station Overhaul Archived 27 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  21. Record and images for Dalmarnock Railway Bridge (1861), Canmore
  22. Record and images for Dalmarnock Railway Bridge (1897), Canmore
  23. "Dalmarnock Railway Bridges". Clyde Waterfront Heritage. Archived from the original on 19 September 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  24. Record and image (engraving) for Dalmarnock Bridge (1848), Canmore
  25. Record and images for Dalmarnock Bridge, Canmore
  26. "Kenny Dalglish opens £3.5m Dalmarnock Legacy Hub". Evening Times. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
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