Five high-rise flats successfully demolished in Irvine

DEMOLITION works at Irvine’s high flats are now complete with all five towers dismantled and the site fully cleared.

The work was led by Dem-Master Demolition on behalf of North Ayrshire Council, with the local authority intending on redeveloping the site to provide modern, energy-efficient homes which provide residents with a ‘better quality’ of life.

A high-reach demolition excavator was used by the Bathgate-based demolition firm to take each of the five towers down, with water suppression hoses used to reduce any potential dust and minimise disruption for neighbours.

Afton Court, which was the last remaining tower, was brought down late last year and, since then, the site has been cleared of rubble and debris in preparation for the next stage of the regeneration project.

As part of Dem-Master Demolition’s commitment to the environment, the processing of materials and recycling/reuse initiatives on the project resulted in the diversion of over 20,000 tonnes of materials from landfill.

Laura Kelly, of Dem-Master Demolition Ltd, said, “We understand that demolition works can be disruptive, and we want to express our deepest gratitude for the patience and support we were shown throughout the process.

“Furthermore, we were delighted to collaborate with North Ayrshire Council and actively invest in the community through employment opportunities for local residents, skill-building training programmes, or valuable donations and volunteering efforts, as we aimed to leave a positive mark on Fullarton Street.”

Councillor Tony Gurney, cabinet member for green environment and economy at North Ayrshire Council, added, “This is a major project which is transforming a key site in an important part of Irvine.

“We are looking forward to redeveloping this site to provide modern, energy efficient homes which offer our residents a better quality of life.

“Happily, the demolition process went as smoothly as we could have hoped for and we’re delighted to see the site ready to move on to the next stage of its redevelopment.

“This will see new homes for affordable rent delivered on the site, contributing to our commitment to build more than 1,600 new Council homes in every part of North Ayrshire.”