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Progress made on removing empty tower blocks

Work has started to demolish The Gables in Wolverton after Milton Keynes City Council found new and better homes for its tenants last year.

The process to knock down the tower block is underway as contractors Keltbray work from the top to take one floor apart at a time. Around 95% of the materials from the building will be recycled.

Work on Mellish Court in Bletchley is also expected to begin next month. MK City Council will then clear the space and start conversations with local people about how best to replace the blocks.

In 2021, MK City Council acted quickly to rehouse almost 200 families from The Gables and Mellish Court after it determined work on the 1960s buildings was needed to meet new fire safety standards. It subsequently decided to knock down the buildings, its last two tower blocks in MK.

Earlier this year, the empty sites were used by Bucks Fire and Rescue service for fire safety training.

“It’s really positive to see progress being made with replacing these tower blocks. Once the demolition has been completed, we’ll be speaking with local people living around both The Gables and Mellish Court to determine the future of the sites. I’m confident that by working together with local communities, we’ll be able to create new healthy and happy neighbourhoods in these areas.” - Cabinet Member for Adults, Housing and Healthy Communities, Cllr Emily Darlington


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