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Explosive end for Blackpool towers as homes regeneration continues

Blackpool’s skyline changed in seconds as a controlled explosion brought down the final three tower blocks at the town’s Queens Park estate.

Blackpool’s skyline changed in seconds as a controlled explosion brought down the final three tower blocks at the town’s Queens Park estate.

Twenty-three storey Walter Robinson Court and 16-storey Elizabeth and Churchill Courts – dating from the 1960s and early 1970s – were reduced to rubble almost in an instant.

The successful blowdown, marks a crucial phase in the major redevelopment programme for Queens Park by housing regeneration specialist Lovell for Blackpool Council.

Ninety-nine new homes will now be built as part of the ongoing transformation of the area with high-quality affordable rented apartments and houses managed by Blackpool Coastal Housing.

Councillor Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council, said: “Today marks the end of era and I know many people are sad to see the tower blocks demolished. I’d like to thank residents for their patience and co-operation this morning and for the last three years while work has been under way.

“I’m delighted that they are able to see for themselves how the redevelopment is transforming the area, it is lovely to see so many happy families in their new homes.”

Blackpool’s skyline changed in seconds as a controlled explosion brought down the final three tower blocks at the town’s Queens Park estate.

Lovell regeneration manager Bruce Lister added: “The demolition of Queens Park’s three remaining high-rises allows us to continue with the construction of 99 family homes for local people, following our completion last year of the 92 new homes built in the project’s first phase.

“We have only been able to reach this point because of the outstanding help and cooperation received from local residents, businesses and the wider community. We would like to thank everyone for their part in ensuring that the demolition has been able to go ahead safely and successfully.”

Around 700 residents were evacuated from their homes from 8.15am on Sunday to four local support centres where free hot breakfasts and refreshments were served. Following a rigorous inspection of the site by specialist engineers, residents were able to return to their properties from around 11.15am. The extensive clean-up operation to remove dust and debris generated by the demolition began on Sunday with cleaning teams also in action on Monday cleaning windows and sweeping dust from homes nearest the demolition site.

In line with Lovell’s commitment to waste reduction on site, the rubble created is set to be recycled as a base course for new roads to be built through the regeneration programme and will be used to raise the level of ground on the western part of the project area.

The overall regeneration programme at Queens Park will create 103 two-, three- and four-bedroom houses and 88 apartments and is set for completion by Spring 2018.