Grimsby flats demolition starts and Albion Street high rises to be clawed down floor by floor

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 16 Apr 2018

Grimsby’s iconic high rise blocks are expected to be flattened by the summer.

Work has already started to prepare the groundwork for the massive demolition job.

New security fencing has been erected around the whole of the site.

Murray Macdonald, chief executive of Lincolnshire Housing Partnership told the Grimsby Telegraph no decision has been made about what could replace the blocks of flats as broader plans for the regeneration of the Freeman Street area were revealed.

They will be dismantled from top to bottom.

Hundreds of new homes could be built on the site of the East Marsh tower blocks

Specialists DSM Demolition Ltd have begun the work and are due to bring in an ultra, high-reach method that will disassemble the blocks in a safe and efficient manner from the top down, minimising disruption to local people and businesses.

The work was due to take until November.

But Mr Macdonald, said: “The site has been handed over to the demolition firm. They are carrying out work to strip out the parts that need to be out.”

The firm is awaiting the arrival of the multi-million pound, massive piece of machinery that will claw the blocks down.

It is currently on another project, said Mr Macdonald.

Picture by Dave Moss The Tioxide chimney and the Marsh tower blocks of flats Some of Grimsby's unavoidable landmarks seen from one of Cleethorpes' newest. This view from the patio of the two-bedroomed top flat of The Point. The top flat selling for around £375,000 crowns the tallest development in Cleethorpes on the former JDs site.

He added: “We need to determine with all the other partners what is best for Freeman Street and Grimsby.

“The days of a single agency whether it is the housing partnership, or a health trust or a council deciding on their own whatever happens are gone. It will be decided together.”

When Shoreline announced the plans for the site earlier this year, project manager Rachel Munoz said: “Visually it will mark a difference to Grimsby’s skyline. We hope that this will signify the beginning of a new era for the East Marsh and present an opportunity for transformational change.”

Shoreline announced in September 2014 the high rise blocks would be demolished after a decline in local demand for high-rise living.

It was made following increased running costs for residents and the need for huge capital investment in the blocks – constructed in the 1960s.

The site will continue to be monitored by 24 hour security.

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