THEY’VE stood empty for over 10 years, but now the three tower blocks on Halifax’s Beech Hill estate are coming down.
Demolition got underway last week and marks the latest stage of the programme to redevelop the estate.
The work is part of the Calderdale Together Investment Partnership (CTIP), formed between Together Housing and Calderdale Council, which aims to deliver up to 650 “affordable” homes for rent and ownership over the next five years.
This includes new homes at the Beech Hill site as well at other sites across Calderdale.
“These derelict tower blocks have been a blight on the landscape for too long, so I am delighted to see them come down as part of our commitment to deliver affordable new homes across the borough, in partnership with the council,” said Dave Proctor, Together Housing Group’s chair.
Mark Thompson, director of regeneration and strategy at Calderdale Council, added: “It’s good to see work progressing to redevelop Beech Hill, as part of Calderdale Together Housing Investment Partnership’s aim to deliver up to 650 quality affordable homes across the borough over the next five years.
“The project supports the wider transformation of Calderdale and investment in transport, public spaces and businesses. It also supports the Vision2024 to be a thriving place where people want to live, work, visit and invest.”
The Beech Hill project has received £2.2 million investment from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), delivered in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, through the Leeds City Region Growth Deal – a £1 billion package of Government investment to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.
After stripping out the three blocks – Cobden Court, Blenheim Court and Westbrook Court – CTIP’s contractor, Rhodar got to grips with tearing them down. The demolition is expected to take 20 weeks and involves the use of a 54-metre excavator to mechanically demolish the tower blocks down to ground level.
“This is a prestigious and high-profile project and our teams are thrilled to be a part of a scheme of such importance in the region,” said Andy Fisk, director of Rhodar’s demolition division. “Our expertise in both asbestos removal and demolition allows us to provide the complete package to enable developments such as this and it is a pleasure to be able to deliver the first phase successfully alongside partners of the scheme.”
The company is using specialist dust suppression methods on site and stations will monitor the dust, noise and vibration levels.
Main Image: Scott Boyd, delivery surveyor at Together Housing Group; Andy Fisk, director of Rhodar’s demolition division; Dave Procter, chair of Together Housing Group; and Mark Thompson, director of regeneration and strategy at Calderdale Council