Demolition works on Bromford Towers begin

By on 17/02/2011 in News

Two landmark multi-storey council tower blocks are to be cleared as work to demolish the exterior of the blocks gets underway today (17 February).

20-storey Bayley and Stoneycroft Towers in Hodge Hill, which overlook the M6 motorway, are being demolished with financial support from the Homes and Community Agency.

The towers will be demolished by this spring and the council is drawing up plans to deliver new council homes within the area which will meet the growing need for family housing.

The council made the decision to tear down the blocks because the cost of refurbishing the 231 flats within the blocks was unaffordable at a cost of £7.4 million.

The demolition works had been delayed for several months after a pair of peregrine falcons set up home on the roof of Bailey Tower and produced four chicks.

Councillor John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing said, “I'm delighted we are now in a position to get rid of these towers and I thank the Homes and Communities Agency for supporting us with funding.

“I'm committed to building more high quality new council homes in the area and making improvements to the wider community. Last year we started work on 600 new council homes through the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust and I'm keen to continue to deliver more new Council homes for our people in Hodge Hill.”

Paul Spooner, executive director for the HCA Midlands said; “This is an important part of East Birmingham's transformation and we are delighted to be working with the Council both on the demolition of the towers and increasing the supply of new homes at nearby Saltley.

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