North Sighthill tower blocks down with a bang

Schoolboy Lewis Reynolds joined Councillor Norman Work, and former residents, Maureen and William Murdoch, in demolishing the three multi-storey blocks at North Sighthill today (25 September).

The nine-year-old won the right to push the plunger having designed the winning safety poster in a primary schools' competition.

Glenalmond, Hermiston and Weir Courts - once home to 285 flats - were demolished with the controlled use of explosives to make way for the regeneration of the area.

Speaking after the demolition, Cllr Work, Vice Convenor for the Health, Social Care and Housing Committee, said: "The demolition was a truly spectacular sight and all went as planned, which is credit to all those involved in the operation. Now we can look to the future as we drive to build new homes for the 21st Century."

Footage of the demolition is available to view now on the Council's own You Tube channel.

The redevelopment of the area will see up to 320 new homes for sale and rent, half of which will be affordable.

The demolition is part of the City of Edinburgh Council's ambitious regeneration plans for the Capital - the 21st Century Homes project will see up to 1,300 new homes being built as part of new mixed tenure communities comprising 50% affordable housing (30% council homes for rent, 10% mid rent, 10% low cost home ownership) with the remainder for private sale.

The Council is leading on this major investment in these new homes, worth up to £150 million, which will see the first Council homes built in the city for a generation.

Areas included in the programme are Gracemount, North Sighthill and Pennywell and Muirhouse, where older housing has been demolished to make way for the new homes. The first new Council homes to be built will be in Gracemount where families are expected to take up residence in early 2012.

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