Sunderland flats flattened - Hahnemann Court reduced to rubble

Demolition in progress at Hahneman Court, in Southwick. Below, the last block has gone.
Demolition in progress at Hahneman Court, in Southwick. Below, the last block has gone.
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THE end of an era has been marked as the final section of a Sunderland landmark was knocked to the ground.

The flats at Hahnemann Court, in Thompson Road, Southwick, have been one of the city’s most recognisable buildings since the 1960s.

The remains of Hahnemann Court flats at Southwick after demolition.

The remains of Hahnemann Court flats at Southwick after demolition.

More than just a home, the building brought together a community which flourished for five decades.

Demolition work began in May and now, the final part of the structure – the stairwell – has been knocked down.

Housing provider Gentoo, which owns the site, has not yet decided what will take its place.

The new Grace House Hospice, also being built by Gentoo, has been planned for land nearby.

Andrew Griffiths, head of neighbourhoods North, Gentoo Sunderland, explained what work had gone on during the demolition and what has been done with the waste leftover.

He said: “One of the main concerns with the demolition was the environmental impact of taking down such a large and complex building. Whilst work has taken longer than normal, it has meant that nearly all of the building will be recycled.

“Some 13,000 tonnes of concrete have gone to a recycling facility where it will be crushed, graded and stockpiled for future use in roads, paths and car park construction.

“Whilst it is great to see the blocks now cleared, it is also sad that Hahnemann Court has now gone as I know it holds very fond memories for many of the residents who have lived there over the years.”

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