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Judith Tonner

Demolition experts to take over 18-storey high-rise as council bids to tear down 48 tower blocks

A Lanarkshire tower block scheduled to be torn down will be handed over to demolition experts in the new year.

The remaining tenants are expected to move out of 18-storey Jackson Court next month after an application to bulldoze the building was submitted to the council.

The move is part of a 20-year housing project involving the demolition of 48 towner blocks, with neighbouring High Coats and Dunbeth high-rises next in line to come down, the Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser reports.

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If approval is granted as expected contractors will take over the site in early 2023 for the start of the 17-month project to pull down the 172-feet high block.

According to official North Lanarkshire Council documents, once cleared the site will be seeded with grass in the medium term

A council spokesperson said: "It is anticipated the current applications will be approved by December, we are hoping to give the contractor possession of the tower in January and the estimated contract duration is currently 78 weeks.

"Jackson Court is currently still partially occupied - however, the aim is for the tower to be empty by November and [then] the tower will be secured in the short term until the contractor takes possession in early 2023.

"Longer term, the plan - once neighbouring High Coats and Dunbeth Court are demolished - is that the masterplan is finalised with up to 170 homes being built on the site."

The three Coatbridge towers were all identified as part of the first phase of North Lanarkshire's re-provisioning plans, which have already seen the demolition of towers at Holehills in Airdrie and various blocks in Coatbridge.

Although High Coats is similarly earmarked for demolition, it is currently being brought back into use to house 140 Ukrainian families in a major refugee support scheme backed by £5 million in Scottish Government funding.

North Lanarkshire Council added that following the conclusion of that housing programme "Dunbeth and High Coats will be part of a separate demolition contract."


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