Hull’s Highcourt tower demolished

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Published: Monday 9th March 2015 by The News Editor

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One of Hull’s highest buildings has been reduced to rubble in a controlled explosion.

Orchard Park’s Highcourt tower was brought to the ground at the weekend to help make way for a regeneration project.

The 20-storey flats have been a familiar part of the city’s landscape for 46 years until Sunday lunchtime’s demolition.

Officials closed roads around the area and suspended bus routes hours before the explosion. Crowds were permitted to view the demolition at a secure distance.

Hull City Council said that Orchard Park opinion polls showed that people want such blocks brought down.

The estate’s Bridgeman House block was razed to the ground in 2012. Next on the list is Gorthorpe, earmarked to be blown up at a date to be arranged this summer.

Over 400 affordable properties will be erected on the site where Orchard Park’s blocks of flats once stood.

The revamp will also see hundreds of properties given extra energy-efficiency measures.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Monday 9th March 2015 by The News Editor

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