Trafford Housing Trust

Falcon Court Goes Down in Spectacular Fashion

03 March 2014

On Sunday 2nd of March, Trafford Housing Trust, demolished the Falcon Court Tower Block in Old Trafford as part of a multi-million pound regeneration project.

 

falcon court blast 2-3-14 34_300x200.jpgThe 14-storey Falcon Court flats, built in the early 1970s, were demolished as part of the Old Trafford Masterplan - a major ten year regeneration project which will see new and better family homes built to meet local needs in addition to improvements in existing properties

The overarching objective of the Masterplan is to improve and enrich the lives of people in Old Trafford and, in addition to housing, there is a focus on training, education, health and wellbeing and the quality of the local environment.

The Masterplan, which is now entering its second phase, is being led by Trafford Housing Trust in partnership with Trafford Council and the Homes and Communities Agency.

falconcourtimplodes _300x200.jpgAround 100 holes were drilled on each floor to insert a total explosive charge of 24.8 kg. Surrounding roads were sealed off, while appropriate cordons were placed around the site.

Falcon Court was the last remaining tower block in a group of four, three of which were demolished using long reach demolition at earlier dates. Only Falcon Court was demolished using explosives. The iconic blocks were part of Old Trafford's landscape for the last 40 years, and the demolition of the last block marks the end of an era, but also the start of a new one.

The blow down button to trigger the explosion was pressed by Clarence Johnson and Mia Alexandra. Mr. Johnson was one of the first tenants at Falcon Court when his tenancy started on 2nd March 1970, 44 years to the exact date of Sunday's demolition. Mia Alexandra, a student at Seymour Park Primary School, won a competition to design the Old Trafford Masterplan logo, was also invited to press the button.

Falcon Court Implodes

Edna Robinson, from Trafford Housing Trust, said: "We carried out the demolition on Sunday as part of our multi-million pound plan to regenerate the Old Trafford area. The demolition was executed with the highest attention to detail, which ensured for a safe and spectacular sight to all those who were there to see it. Trafford Housing Trust is committed to the future of its communities and look forward to redeveloping the site where Falcon Court stood, as well the wider Old Trafford area with better, new and more effective facilities for local people."

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