The Towers have finally gone!

As you can’t fail to have noticed, the three remaining towers on Queens Park were successfully ‘dropped’ last Sunday. After months of careful planning, it is still with some relief that we can report everything went to plan; the buildings collapsed where intended, the site was quickly assessed to be safe and the evacuated residents were soon able to return to their homes.

There is of course a big clean-up operation underway to deal with the inevitable dust that was created and Forshaw’s have a dedicated team on site who are actively cleaning windows, sills and gutters, and are jet-washing paths and patios in affected neighbouring properties. Work will then be starting next week to sort and crush the demolition material so that it can be recycled for use as hardcore on the new development. (Doing this will massively reduce the need for waggons to cart the debris away from site). Construction of the new homes will then follow later in the month.

It goes without saying that the cooperation of the whole neighbourhood has been outstanding, and we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who played their part; from those in the wider neighbourhood who had to deal with traffic and car parking disruption and in particular, to those in the evacuation zone who vacated their homes during the morning of the blow down. Without this cooperation, the job could not have been done – thank you.

The demolition of tower blocks was clearly a disruptive business for the neighbourhood but hopefully, the worst is now behind us as we move into the newbuild phase of the project. We look forward to your continued support!

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Tower block demolition set for Sunday 31st July 2016

We are pleased to confirm that all the necessary survey work associated with the tower block demolition has been successfully completed and with Forshaws having now had their detailed demolition procedures approved by the relevant authorities, a new date for the blow down of the three remaining towers has been set for Sunday 31st July 2016.

With this in mind, Forshaw Demolition will be delivering a letter to all affected residents over the coming weekend (see below) which will set out the proposed timetable of events leading up to the blow down on 31st July.

From Monday 4th July, Forshaw’s will also be re-contacting all households and businesses within the exclusion zone to confirm the detailed arrangements and to deal directly with any specific concerns or questions that arise.  There will also be a further drop-in event for residents on Thursday 14th July, from 1pm to 6pm in the temporary site cabin on Lidl’s car park.

Please click here for the latest update on the demolition.

Tower Block Demolition- Interim Update

We plan to release more information next week about our timetable for the demolition of the three remaining tower blocks on Queens Park. But in the meantime, we just wanted to let you know that our demolition specialists, Forshaws, will be undertaking a couple of small test detonations today (Wednesday 22 June) in Walter Robinson Court.

In the unlikely event that you hear something, please don’t be alarmed; this is only preparatory survey work and not the start of the tower block demolition!

Please watch this space; we will be providing a comprehensive project update next week. Thank you for your ongoing cooperation.