A two storey building on the edge of the Holmes Estate in Birmingham was kicked into touch yesterday, as onlookers gathered to take one last look before demolition work started.
The building, which is situated right next to Birmingham City Football Club, has been a hotly debated topic for the local community, which wanted to see the building turned into an open park to benefit the people who already lived in the area.
The re-development of Block D on South Holme Road is being spearheaded by a partnership incorporating the region’s leading housing and regeneration organisation, Midland Heart, Birmingham City Council and Birmingham City Football Club.
Richard Clark OBE, chief executive at Midland Heart, said: “Over the past few years, we have been driving ahead with an improvement programme for the properties we own in and around the Holmes Estate to ensure we continue to provide a high standard of accommodation for our customers.
“However, refurnishing a building is not always the best option for an area where the concentration of buildings is high and, after extensive consultation with our customers and the local community to St. Andrew’s, a decision was made to demolish the building and create the open areas which the local community felt would benefit them the most.”
David Gold, chairman of Birmingham City Football Club, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to re-develop the local area and to give something back to the surrounding community.
“To ensure that everyone is kept up to date with the plans for the site, we invited the local residents along to St. Andrew’s to look at the plans on display, witness the initial demolition of the building and to see the beginning of their plans being put into place.”
Over 270 customers were invited to the pre-demolition event at St. Andrew’s. Elaine Elkington, acting strategic director for housing and the constituencies, Birmingham City Council, also joined the celebrations and invited customers to enter a competition to rename the new landscaped area.
After witnessing the first bricks tumble, customers were invited back to the Club, where they were given the opportunity to speak to the partners about the plans for the area and a tour of the stadium.