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Sighthill is a suburb in the west of Edinburgh, Scotland. The area is bordered by Broomhouse and Parkhead to the east, South Gyle to the north, the industrial suburb of Bankhead and the Calders neighbourhood to the west, and Wester Hailes to the south. It is sometimes included in the Wester Hailes area, while the Calders, Bankhead and Parkhead are sometimes considered parts of Sighthill. Administratively it has formed a core part of the City of Edinburgh Council's Sighthill/Gorgie ward since 2007.
For nearly 50 years, the skyline of western Edinburgh was dominated by four high rise residential tower blocks in northern Sighthill (Broomview House, Glenalmond Court, Hermiston Court and Weir Court).
The 11-storey 'slab' block Broomview House was demolished on Sunday 21 September 2008 by Safedem. The flats came down at 11:15 am in a controlled explosion where a longstanding former resident pushed the ceremonial button to implode the building. The remaining three blocks were demolished on Sunday 25 September 2011, also at 11:15 am. All of the remaining low-rise council-built properties in the vicinity were also demolished over the next few years. Plans for a new development called Broomview by Keepmoat were approved, and the area was successfully redeveloped, with construction work completed in 2020. To the north of this new housing is the area's public park.
The older, southern part of Sighthill consists mainly of cottage flat (four-in-a-block) homes, and has remained relatively unchanged since its construction in the late 1940s along with neighbouring Parkhead.
Healthcare, firefighting, retail and library services
There are a medical centre and a fire station. There are a public library and some shops. The Health centre was one of the first modern Health clinics in the UK (the other was in Cardiff) as a trial to see if it worked (before this, doctors made house visits to the patients' homes).
The Calder Road, one of the city's main arteries, runs through Sighthill, around 0.5 miles (0.80 km) from the Edinburgh city bypass (A720) road and the connection with the M8 motorway. The Edinburgh–Dunblane line railway (also connecting to Glasgow Queen Street) is nearby to the north, as is the route of Edinburgh Trams between the city centre and Edinburgh Airport. The Union Canal skirts the area to the south-west.
Lothian Buses provides 10 buses to the area:
- 3 Wester Hailes - Sighthill - Gorgie - Haymarket - Princes Street - Newington - Gilmerton - Dalkeith/Mayfield
- 21 Wester Hailes - Sighthill - Corstorphine - Clermiston - Ferry Road - Leith - Lochend - Portobello - Niddrie - Royal Infirmary
- 25 Riccarton - Sighthill - Gorgie - Haymarket - Princes Street - Leith - Lochend - Restalrig
- 34 Riccarton - Sighthill - Longstone - Slateford - Fountainpark - Lothian Road - Princes Street - Lochend - Leith - Ocean Terminal
- 35 Riccarton - Sighthill - Slateford - Fountainpark - Bristo Square - Holyrood - Leith - Ocean Terminal
- 36 Gyle Centre - Sighthill - Longstone - Glenlockheart - Morningside - West End - Cannonmills - Bonnington - Leith - Ocean Terminal
- X27 Regent Road - The Exchange - Balgreen - Sighthill - Hermiston - Wilkieston - East Calder - Livingston - Bathgate
- X28 Regent Road - The Exchange - Balgreen - Sighthill - Hermiston - Kirknewton - East Calder - Livingston - Bathgate
- Airlink 300 Edinburgh Airport - Ingliston - Gyle Centre - Sighthill - Slateford - Fountainpark - Bristo Square - Southside - Cameron Toll
- 400 Edinburgh Airport - Gyle Centre - Sighthill - Wester Hailes - Colinton - Oxgangs - Fairmilehead - Gracemount - Gilmerton - Royal Infirmary - Niddrie - Fort Kinnaird
- N25 Riccarton - Hermiston P&R - Sighthill - Gorgie - Haymarket - Leith Street
- N28 Deans South - Livingston - East Calder - Wilkieston - Hermiston - Sighthill - Balgreen - The Exchange - Leith Street
- N34 Riccarton - Hermiston P&R - Sighthill - Longstone - Slateford - Fountainpark - Lothian Road - Leith Street
Film and television location
Sighthill has been used as a location for film and television productions. The most notable production to be filmed in Sighthill was the 1998 BBC Scotland television drama Looking After Jo Jo which featured Robert Carlyle in the title role and was filmed in and around North Sighthill and Niddrie. Other notable film and television productions to be filmed in Sighthill include Quite Ugly One Morning starring James Nesbitt and an adaptation of the Christopher Brookmyre novel and Trouble Sleeping - a tale of a Palestinian refugee struggling to survive in the UK. More recently the flats in Sighthill have been used as backdrop for the film Outcast a Celtic supernatural thriller once again starring James Nesbitt and released in 2010.
- Jamie Walker, footballer
- Scott McLaren, soldier from 4th Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland killed by the Taliban in July 2011
- Sighthill, Gazetteer for Scotland
- The Calders, Gazetteer for Scotland
- Bankhead, Gazetteer for Scotland
- Electoral Ward: Sighthill/Gorgie, Scottish Government Statistics
- High Rise Flats | Sighthill North, EdinPhoto
- Edinburgh, Sighthill Bank, Sighthill Neighbourhood Centre, Canmore
- Sighthill Neighbourhood Centre, Tower Block | University of Edinburgh
- Sighthill Bank Estate, Emporis
- Stevenson College
- Broomview House being demolished
- Contractor's demolition website, specific to Sighthill