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Regeneration of Fullarton high flats site reaches landmark stage

Posted on 8 Feb 2024

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

The demolition process first got underway with removal of windows and internal fixtures and fittings within each block.

Once this was complete, each of the five towers was carefully taken down using a high-reach demolition excavator, operated by specialist contractors, Dem-Master Demolition Ltd. Water suppression hoses were used to reduce any potential dust and minimise disruption for neighbours.

The last tower to remain standing – Afton Court – 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.

Councillor Tony Gurney, Cabinet Member for Green Environment and Economy at North Ayrshire Council, said: “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.”

Laura Kelly, of Dem-Master Demolition Ltd, thanked residents for their patience during the demolition works and added: “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.”

As part of the firm’s commitment to the environment, the processing of materials and recycling/reuse initiatives resulted in the diversion of over 20,000 tonnes of materials from landfill.

North Ayrshire Council will publish its draft plans for the new homes at Fullarton during 2024, inviting neighbours to share their thoughts on the new proposals.