End of an era for Hattersley high rise living
Thursday 2nd March 2017 @ 11:18 by Nigel P.
Business Community News

Last one standing – Tameside Court the last of what were 8 blocks that penetrated the Hattersley skyline.

Going… going…. soon to be gone, the last of eight sixties built high-rise blocks  once a familiar sight on the Hattersley skyline is coming down.

The site which included a pub The Four in Hand, will be redeveloped with new homes for sale and rent later in the year.

Hattersley once one of ManchesterCity Council’s biggest overspill estates, has now been rebranded with mixed tenure property added to the sprawling estate in the last eight years.

Demolition company Connell Brothers are undertaking the work on taking down the block,using an adapted excavator with an extended hydraulically powered reach to demolish the 150 foot block.

The excavator weighs 90 tons and can work at heights of up to 40m.

Demolishing the 11-storey building signals the next phase in the regeneration of the estate, a project that  has seen £200m invested by partners Tameside Council, Peak Valley Housing Association, Symphony Housing Group and the Homes & Communities Agency.

Since 2001, when it demolished seven Hattersley tower blocks, Connell Brothers has removed over 500 houses and buildings from the area.

New facilities introduced as part of the area’s redevelopment include the Hub community centre, Hattersley Library, a Tesco supermarket and council offices.

Barratt Homes has sold more than 260 new homes in Hattersley as part of a programme that will see more than 800 houses built and the area’s tenure mix identity changed significantly.

Phil Corris, managing director of Peak Valley Housing Association, said: “The demolition of the last tower block 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.”