Tuesday, 9 February 2010

RESCHEDULED MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: Massive machine arrives in Leeds for high rise demolition

The demolition of selected tower blocks across Leeds as part of a major housing regeneration project will begin on Monday 15 February in Little London, with the first bite being taken into Carlton Towers using specialist machinery.

The high reach machine is one of only two in the country that can reach to a height of nearly 50 meters, as tall as 10 double decker buses. It will remove the top layers of the tower block by nibbling away at the building.

The demolition of these outdated blocks is being undertaken by Leeds City Council in advance of the appointment of a contractor for the building of new council homes and refurbishment of existing council homes as part of a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) project. Holbeck Towers, Gaitskell Court and Grange in Holbeck are also due for demolition starting March this year.

Councillor Les Carter, executive member for Neighbourhoods and Housing at Leeds City Council as well as Lloyd Lythe, one of the first residents of to live in Carlton Towers, will be available for a photo and interviews as the machine takes the first ‘bite’ of the building.

Date: Monday 15 February
Time: 9:30am arrival for 9.45 am photo opportunities.
Directions: Carlton Towers – site entrance on Carlton Carr, Little London.
Parking: West North West homes, Housing Office car park, Oatland Drive, LS7 1SH.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Val Smith, Leeds City Council, City Project Office (0113) 247 8125
Email: val.smith@leeds.gov.uk