Count down to demolition

Charles Court is one of the first tower blocks due for demolition.
Charles Court is one of the first tower blocks due for demolition.
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Preparation is now underway ahead of demolition of the first two tower blocks to make way for the £22m redevelopment of the Queens Park estate in Blackpool.

Two planning applications have been formally lodged with Blackpool Council for the scheme which will see all five high rises bulldozed and replaced with 198 family homes.

The work, by developer Lovell, will be in two phases.

All the residents of Charles Court and Ashworth Court have now moved out.

The blocks contained 176 flats, of which 160 were occupied, with 24 households relocating elsewhere on the estate.

Demolition is expected towards the end of the summer in the first phase. Giant ‘pecker’ cranes are expected to be used to bring the buildings down, rather than a controlled explosion.

Gwen King, chairman of the Queens Park Residents Assocation, said: “These are exciting times and we are all now looking forward to the bulldozers arriving. Everyone has moved out of the blocks which will be demolished in the first phase, and those people who did want to remain on the estate have been able to do so.

“A lot of residents intend to go along to the planning meeting to support the application.

“We have worked with the council to ensure the scheme includes what we want. A piece of land has been designated for community use.”

The applications are expected to go before the planning committe in July.

Churchill Court, Walter Robinson Court and Elizabeth Court will be redeveloped in the second phase, but both applications will be considered at the same time.

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Scheme is providing work for local firms

Alan Jones Chartered Surveyors of Church Street, Blackpool, are among the local companies currently sub-contracted to work alongside the council on the redevelopment scheme.

Based less than a mile from the site, the company has been appointed as Party Wall Surveyors to undertake all matters associated under The Party Wall etc Act 1996.

Director Daniel Jones said: “As a local company we are delighted to play an important role in re-shaping and improving our local area.

“The council has been proactive in using local businesses and this should be commended.”

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