Tower gives way for New Street redevelopment

Preparatory work has begun for the demolition of Stephenson Tower, the 1960s tower block, adjacent to New Street Station (New Street Tower Demolition As Big City Plan Progresses).

The demolition will allow for the creation of the new south entrance to the station together with providing an area for regeneration and development with indicative images of the station showing two towers which will flank the new southern entrance ot the station.

The demolition contract was awarded to Keltbray as I reported in August, New Street works continue, and work will commence at the end of November 2010 with the tower to be deconstructed brick by brick.

Andrew Skidmore, principal scheme sponsor for Network Rail commented: "The start of work to demolish Stephenson Tower is an important moment for the project and we've planned our work carefully so that we cause minimal disruption to both passengers and local residents."

To complete the demolition safely, the project team will construct a tower crane and encapsulate the structure in scaffolding. Work to demolish the tower brick by brick will start in late November and complete next summer.

Work is still continuing on the work to remove the lowest two NCP car park levels as shown in the pictures below:

Meanwhile work has started on structural works to the old NCP car park entrance on Stephenson Street, adjacent to the Navigation Street entrance to the station, where engineers are demolishing and rebuilding the old car park entrance. The half road closure will be from 1900 on Thursday 30 September for 16 weeks until 0600 on Monday 13 December 2010.


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