High reach demolition makes way for new affordable homes

Demolition work has started this week on Hattersley’s last high-rise, making way for much needed affordable homes.

The 11-storey high (34m) Tameside Court is being demolished by Manchester-based demolition and dismantling contractor, Connell Brothers.

This work signals the exciting next phase of a dynamic regeneration programme in Hattersley which to date has seen more than £200m invested by partners Tameside Council, Peak Valley Housing Association, Symphony Housing Group and The Homes and Communities Agency.

The location of the historic high-rise, will see the development of 24 new bungalows for the elderly, and a further 20 two and three bed family homes for Rent to Buy (try before you buy), helping first-time buyers onto the property ladder. A ‘place shaping’ design competition for the development will be held in the coming weeks, the outcome of which will be consulted upon with the wider community.

The Hattersley regeneration programme has delivered great community facilities including the Hub, Hattersley Library, a Tesco Superstore and council offices. Peak Valley has invested over £65m so far into improving the existing housing stock and providing new homes.

In addition, developers, Barratts, have sold more than 260 new homes in Hattersley, and their total development programme will see more than 800 new homes built in the area.

Phil Corris, Managing Director, Peak Valley Housing Association: “The demolition of the last tower block and attached former public house marks another historic milestone in the rebirth of the area as a place where people want to live. This will make way for the redevelopment of the old district centre with new homes for rent and sale.

“Construction of new homes on the site is programmed to start later this year. This hugely successful regeneration project is a fine example of what can be achieved through close partnership working and could not have been possible without the support of Tameside Council and the local community.”

Peak Valley also hosted Facebook competition for one lucky resident to sound the air horn to signify the start of the demolition. The competition winner, Brian Foulds, aged 78, of Ashburton Close, who has lived on the estate for more than 25 years, said: ‘I entered as a bit of fun – and I really, really enjoyed it.

‘It’s sad to see it go, but its life and something will be built in its place. The ‘Rent to Buy’ is a fantastic idea, it gives the kids a chance.’

Connell Brothers’ Director Barry Connell said: “We have a long relationship with Hattersley and are proud to be playing our part in the impressive regeneration of the area. We have a strong and positive partnership with Peak Valley Housing Association which has proved hugely beneficial to local residents.”