Demolition of flats will signal the 'start of something new' for the East Marsh

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 27 Apr 2018

The demolition of the East Marsh's high rise flats could signal the "start of something new" as the Lincolnshire Housing Partnership hopes it will be the catalyst for future regeneration.

Work started on Wednesday to demolish the six high rise flats that have dominated Grimsby's skyline for the past fifty years.

The £4 million scheme of work is expected to last for most of the year, with the housing partnership hoping that everything will be completed by November. LHP have previously stated that in order to fully renovate the flats it would have cost them £19 million.

Taking around six weeks to demolish each individual block, they have to be fully stripped on the inside, removing any asbestos and other dangerous materials, before work can actually start on tearing down the main body of the flats themselves.

LHP's John Wilson and Rachel Munoz

The work will be carried out from top to bottom, until they reach the fourth floor of the building, when the remainder will be bulldozed and cleared away.

98 per cent of all of the rubble that will come from the demolition is set to be recycled and put to use in future construction projects.

John Wilson, the Lincolnshire Housing Partnership Engineers and Project Manger, said: "We have started this work by ensuring that the building has had all dangerous items removed from it such as asbestos, which generally takes us about three weeks to complete, where we then move onto the main demolition itself that takes another three to four weeks.

"We have a programme of work scheduled for between 36 to 40 weeks, and we are hoping that all being well we should be fully completed by November.


Demolition work continues at Nelson House, the first of the six East Marsh flats to be brought down. Greg Lawman, project manager for DSM

"So far we have not had any major issues with the process, which is partly thanks to the great work that is being done by our partner at DSM Demolition who are one of the leading companies in the country in that sector.

"Also we are pleased to say that nearly every piece of rubble that will be removed from the towers will be recycled and put to good use, making this a very effective and green demolition job."

Talks are still ongoing to decide what the future holds for the site once the work has been complete, with a number of rumours of schools, new houses and shops and even a dedicated wind turbine manufacturing training centre.

But whatever will take place LHP - which was formed when Shoreline and Boston Mayflower merged last month - believes that it will signal the start of something new for the area, which can often be overlooked in terms of investment and regeneration.

Rachel Munoz, Lincolnshire Housing Partnership Asset Recovery Project Manager said that they, the local authority and the Freemen of Grimsby are currently in discussions about what will happen following the demolition.


Work continues on the demolition of Nelson House

But the talks have been primarily focused on bring "new life" back into the East Marsh.

She said: "We are working closely with the local authority and the Freemen and this is the start in enabling the regeneration of the area.

"We do not have any plans to put anything back on the site ourselves, because we want it to be part of a wider regeneration plan.

"It is about working in partnership with the local authority to see what is really needed to revitalise the East Marsh, which is still a very popular place for people to live and shop, but it needs bringing back to life again.

"Talks are ongoing between all parties, and we believe that this will be the start of something new."



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