We take a look at what happened in the Logie project 100 years ago this month.
Three months after building started, you can start to see some of the buildings taking shape. The view point at the east end of the scheme has also appeared. Work was obviously making good progress.
James Thomson’s report of 7th October 1919 confirms that 156 men were employed at the site. However there was still a scarcity of bricklayers. This skilled job could not be filled by any unemployed man, but rather they needed trained workers. There was no shortage of bricks though. It had been expected that a shipment of bricks would be delayed by a rail strike, but Thomson reported that the bricks had come by water.
The report also detailed that 3 blocks were almost ready for roofing. It’s difficult to work out which blocks these were from the photograph. The most progressed blocks look to be on the near side of Elm Street and far side of Lime Street.
At a meeting on 13th October, the Electric Committee discussed whether the new houses would be lit by electricity or gas. The general engineer, Mr H Richardson, complained that installing meters and services to each individual houses would not be financially worth it. He noted that before the war, this would have cost £3 or £4, but now post-war costs had pushed this up to £12 to £15. It was established that gas was going to be installed to the homes for cooking, and councillor Crichton complained that installing both electricity and gas was “a throwing away of money”.
The Bellman’s Budget (a sort of gossip column in the People’s Journal) of 25th October, in a rather tongue in cheek manner, reported on the erection of the viewpoint, calling it a bastion-like structure – “It is a “view point” intended for the delectation of those residents who desire to uplift their aesthetic faculties by a contemplation of the chimney pots of the city. It is rumoured that, on an exceptionally clear day, one can see the sparkling waters of the Tay if one is possessed of first class eyesight.” I’m sure the view from that viewpoint is somewhat different today than what it was 100 years ago. A lot less chimneys and smoke blocking the way, however I can confirm that you can indeed see the Tay from there.
Photograph from viewpoint.