Massey Ferguson tower demolition hailed a success

By Matthew Bates 09/07 Updated: 09/07 11:36

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A TOWER block has been demolished in Coventry to make way for a school.

The Massey Ferguson tower, in Tile Hill, was brought down in a controlled explosion yesterday morning (Sunday) with demolition experts Cuddy hailing it a success.

Around 150 people were evacuated from their homes for the moment, with many staying in the area to watch the explosion, which saw 40 kg of explosives used to bring down the 53 metre-high office block.

Lord Mayor Tim Sawdon and six-year-old Daisy Uranjek - representative from Persimmon Homes' charity Acorns Children’s Hospice, pressed the button to trigger the collapse.

A clean-up operation has now started to remove the remaining debris.

The tower, which stood for more than six decades, was purchased by Persimmon in 2004 as Massey Ferguson moved its European Office to Stoneleigh, Warwickshire.

The housebuilder's redevelopment of the area has seen the 600 new homes built with a further 400 expected to follow.

A primary school and playing field is now set for the land left from the demolition.

Richard Oldroyd, the firm's region managing director, said: “We are delighted with the success of the controlled explosion.

"The tower had been empty for many years and today’s demolition will be a memorable event for local residents while allowing the construction of new homes and further enhancements to the community."

Richard Markwell, Massey Ferguson’s Vice-President, added: "We look back at the Banner Lane site with great respect and lasting memories of the role it played in our rich heritage and evolution.

"It provided a firm foundation for Massey Ferguson’s continuing growth."

For further information on the Bannerbrook Park development visit www.persimmonhomes.com

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