Residents evacuated as town demolishes last tower block
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development
Over 300 residents were evacuated as a Scottish town's final tower block was brought down by controlled demolition.
Three towers defined Kincardine's skyline for many years before two were taken down in 2010. The remaining building was levelled on Sunday (March 10).
With the last block out of the way, the land will be transferred to Kingdom Housing Association, who will build 16 mid-market rent homes. Sixty-five flats for social rent have already been built on the site.
Richard McCulloch from Dem-Master Demolition, the company responsible for the work, said: “We are delighted with the result of the demolition. A significant amount of planning went into this project which resulted in a very smooth, safe and successful operation.
“I’d like to thank Fife Council and Fife Constabulary for their efforts in making this project a success but most notably, the residents of Kincardine. Their understanding and cooperation with the evacuation arrangements was greatly appreciated.”
Councillor David Ross said: “Watching the demolition from the edge of the exclusion zone was an impressive sight.
“There is a significant commitment to continue to supply new homes for Fife, as our recent announcement of a further £110 million investment demonstrates. We plan to use up to £85 million raised from council rents to build around 800 new council homes across Fife, reducing the number of people waiting for an affordable rented home. An additional £30 million will also be available for new homes through lending funding to registered social landlords to encourage them to build new properties.”
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