Huge crane moves in to start demolishing East Marsh high rises

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 26 Apr 2018

RUBBLE fell from Grimsby’s iconic tower blocks yesterday as a £2 million crane took its first swing at Nelson House to mark the end of an era. 

Work had been expected to start this morning, but crews started a little earlier late yesterday afternoon as crowds gathered to see the first of the six blocks crumble. 

Each block is expected to take three weeks so the huge crane will be visible on the horizon for several months as the flats that were once bustling with residents are gradually flattened. In their heyday, they were home to 2,000 people. 

Shoreline Housing Partnership – now the Lincolnshire Housing Partnership – announced plans to demolish the flats in September 2014 following an extensive public consultation that received majority support – 52 per cent for and 42 per cent  against.

Work begins on demolishing Nelson House, the first of the six high-rise blocks of flats facing demolition, on the East Marsh, Grimsby. Viewed from the Grimsby Telegraph offices in Heritage House, Grimsby.

It would have cost £19 million to make the required repairs and renovations to make them suitable for modern housing.

At the time the move was branded “a disgrace” by Great Grimsby MP Melanie Onn.

A crane demolishes Nelson House

The housing partnership started to rehome 638 households still living there in October 2014.

The flats were constructed in the 1960s and officially opened in 1965.

The work will generate up to 40,000 tonnes of rubble – 5,000 of which will be recycled.

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