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Blackpool tower blocks set for demolition

The second phase of the Queens Park redevelopment programme in Blackpool has now begun.

Following the successful completion of the first phase, involving the dismantling of Ashworth Court and Charles Court and the construction of 92 new homes, the final phase of redevelopment by Lovell is under way.

The tower blocks in the background of some of the completed first phase homes at Queens Park.

This will see the demolition of the three remaining towers and the maisonette blocks to the south of Stirling Road.

A further 99 new homes will then be constructed to complete the transformation of the Queens Park neighbourhood by Spring 2018.

The maisonettes are already being demolished but the three remaining tower blocks at Elizabeth Court, Churchill Court and Walter Robinson Court will be brought down by an explosive demolition in early summer 2016.

Cllr Gillian Campbell, deputy leader of Blackpool Council, says: “The first phase of the Queens Park redevelopment has dramatically changed the area but the old buildings are still an eyesore and are standing in the way of a completely transformed estate.

“The tower blocks have been a familiar sight on Blackpool skyline for so many years that it will feel very strange once they have gone.

“As the plans progress we will keep local residents and businesses updated on the exclusion zone and make sure that everyone is fully informed ahead of the demolition.”

Lovell project manager Peter Lewis says: “Following the successful completion of the first phase of redevelopment work at Queens Park, phase 2 is now under way.  We’re excited to be working on the next stage of this major scheme which is transforming the neighbourhood and creating modern, high-quality homes for local people.

“Public safety and security are, of course, our top priority as the demolition work goes ahead. We aim to minimise the number of residents affected and will be communicating with them and keeping them fully informed throughout.  I’d also like to thank residents and local businesses for the patience, understanding and support which they have shown our team during the redevelopment work.”

Lovell has appointed specialist contractor Forshaw Demolition, one of the North West’s leading demolition experts, to carry out the demolition programme.

The demolition is likely to take place on a Sunday to minimise disruption and some residents will need to leave their properties while this happens. Further information will be available in the coming months and all affected businesses and residents will receive a visit from the demolition team.

Updates can be found at www.queensparkredevelopment.co.uk