Aston University tower block demolished

Stafford Tower's demolition followed that of Lawrence and Dalton towers in 2011

Related Stories

A 21-storey tower block has been demolished in central Birmingham to make way for a five-acre park.

The Stafford Tower accommodation block at Aston University was built in the 1970s.

Engineers said it was one of the most challenging jobs they had taken on, with the nearest building just 6m away.

The university said it marked the "end of an era", while local residents said had changed the skyline forever.

It is the third tower to be demolished at the university in recent years, with Lawrence and Dalton towers being brought down in 2011 as part of a £215m project to build new accommodation and create open spaces.

Dozens of current and past students paid tribute on Twitter.

Adam Nix wrote: "My old flat at #StaffordTower raised to the ground, the Brum skyline has changed from today."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Birmingham & Black Country

Weather

Birmingham

25 °C 15 °C

BBC Local Live

  1.  
    Cricket: Sussex v Warks 11:14:

    Play recently got under way in Horsham where Warwickshire are playing Sussex. Sussex are currently 324-7 with England limited overs star Luke Wright (pictured) scoring 89. Chris Woakes, who will be hoping for a national call up when the England squad is announced later today, has taken 2-78.

    Luke Wright

    You can listen to live commentary from BBC Sport.

     
  2.  
    Restructure advice to cost £25m 11:06:

    West Midlands Police will pay a private company £25m to help it restructure and introduce new technology.

    Tweets from West Midlands Police

    The force said the challenge for Accenture was to make policing more effective, while cutting the budget by £120m.

     
  3.  
    News on the hour 10:57: Jay Vydelingum Journalist, BBC WM

    In the news at 11:00:

    • A separatist leader in eastern Ukraine has handed over the two flight data recorders from the downed MH17 plane to Malaysian officials
    • A government-ordered inquiry into the Trojan Horse allegations is expected to say there was a "sustained and co-ordinated agenda" to impose hardline Muslim views in some Birmingham schools
    • Palestinian officials say 13 people have been killed overnight in the Gaza Strip by Israeli aircraft which fired at more than 70 targets
     
  4.  
    Fire service cuts senior jobs 10:44: Birmingham Post

    West Midlands Fire Service has slashed £235,000 from its wages bill by getting rid of two of its senior officers and reducing the salaries of others.

     
  5.  
    Doctor Doctor 10:35: Midlands Today

    Congratulations to our science and environment correspondent David Gregory-Kumar, who's being presented with an honorary degree from Aston University today at Birmingham Town Hall.

    David Gregory-Kumar

    David already holds a doctorate from the University of Liverpool having researched the behaviour of atomic layers of potassium on silicon.

    Since becoming a reporter for the BBC, David says his favourite story remains the discovery of a nuclear fuel rod in a Tamworth scrapyard.

     
  6.  
    New signing for WBA 10:26: Rob Gurney BBC WM Sport

    West Bromwich Albion have today completed the season-long loan signing of versatile Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom.

    The England Under-21 international completed his move to The Hawthorns this morning after passing a medical. He will wear the No.2 shirt.

     
  7.  
    Britain's best garden? 10:15: Birmingham Mail

    A green-fingered grandma was left stunned when she had the visitor that every gardener dreams of - Alan Titchmarsh.

     
  8.  
    Train delays 10:06:

    Virgin Trains tweets: NEW: Delays between Birmingham International and Birmingham New Street #MarstonGreen nationalrail.co.uk/service_disrup…

     
  9.  
    News on the hour 09:57: Jay Vydelingum Journalist, BBC WM

    In the news at 10:00:

    • Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond is calling for tougher sanctions against Russia at a meeting with his European Union counterparts in Brussels
    • A government-ordered inquiry into the Trojan Horse allegations is expected to say there was a "sustained and co-ordinated agenda" to impose hardline Muslim views in some Birmingham schools
    • The police watchdog for England and Wales says it's concerned that officers are using Tasers at point-blank range, even though they are no longer trained to do so
     
  10.  
    Flight proves expert wrong 09:51: Ed Barlow BBC Local Live

    Speaking in 2012, Flight International Magazine's David Learmount said although Birmingham could "theoretically" - with its longer runway - become a hub airport and fly to destinations such as China, it was "very unlikely to".

    air china birmingham flight

    The first flight from China landed in Birmingham this morning at 06:30.

    However, airport bosses admit they've struggled to promote the airport worldwide as much as they'd hoped and there are only a handful of further flights between Birmingham and China confirmed at present.

     
  11.  
    'Impressionable' thug spared jail 09:40: Express and Star

    A masked thug who wielded a sawn-off shotgun during a terrifying store raid before being fought off by a shopkeeper will not go to jail - because he is so young and impressionable.

     
  12.  
    Why bigger planes can land 09:28:

    The first direct flight between China and Birmingham landed this morning.

    • Birmingham's runway was extended by 400m, at a cost of £40m
    • It now measures 3km (1.86 miles) and means larger planes can take off and land
    • The extra length brings in range flights from China and the USA's west coast
    • Chinese tourism has tripled over the past 10 years
    • It is estimated to be worth about £15m to the West Midlands economy
    Birmingham to China and LA flight routes
     
  13.  
    TOP STORIES
     
  14.  
    Have your say 09:17:

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. Tell us what you think.

     
  15.  
    Your pictures: Knowle sunrise 09:07: Ed Barlow BBC Local Live

    Thanks to Paul Hampson for sending us this picture, taken very early this morning over Knowle. "The chorus was impressive too", says Paul.

    Knowle at dawn

    If you've taken any pictures you'd like to share you can email locallive@bbc.co.uk or tweet us @bbcwm.

     
  16.  
    News on the hour 08:57: Jay Vydelingum Journalist, BBC WM

    In the news at 09:00:

    • A separatist leader in eastern Ukraine has handed over the two flight data recorders from the downed MH17 plane to Malaysian officials
    • A government-ordered inquiry into the Trojan Horse allegations is expected to say there was a "sustained and co-ordinated agenda" to impose hardline Muslim views in some Birmingham schools, when it is published later today
    • The police watchdog for England and Wales says it's concerned that officers are using Tasers at point-blank range, even though they are no longer trained to do so
     
  17.  
    Trojan Horse report 08:48: Ed Barlow BBC Local Live

    The government-commissioned report into alleged attempts by hardline Muslims to influence how a number of Birmingham schools are run will be officially released later today.

    The content of the report into the so-called Trojan Horse plot, expected to be damning, was leaked to the Guardian last week, so there are unlikely to be many surprises.

    We'll bring you updates as soon as possible.

     
  18.  
    Police officer referred after 'sexist' tweet 08:36:

    A West Midlands Police officer has been referred to the force's professional standards department over a "sexist and offensive" tweet.

    Picture of the tweet

    It shows a picture of a man in a car with a woman who has her mouth covered. The accompanying message says: "A car designer has won an award for designing a seat belt which helps cut down on vehicle noise pollution #IWantOne"

     
  19.  
    First flight from China lands 08:27:

    The first flight between China and Birmingham has landed. It is the only UK to China air route to operate from outside London and was made possible by a runway extension. The aircraft was met by fire engines spraying an arch of water in welcome.

    First China flight lands in Birmingham

    The 248-seat A330-200 aircraft is due to begin its outbound flight at 12:00 and will fly between Beijing and Birmingham on three dates up to 6 August.

     
  20.  
    From racing cars to gridlock 08:20: Ed Barlow BBC Local Live

    Two topics we're featuring a lot on Local Live this week are both to do with driving on Birmingham's roads, but at polar ends of the scale.

    Birmingham Super Prix

    One is the mooted return of the Birmingham Super Prix, the other is the gridlock caused by the tunnel closures.

     
  21.  
    M6 issues 08:06:

    In addition to the delays caused by the closure of the tunnels in Birmingham, an earlier accident has caused problems on the M6 southbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction and J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich).

    All lanes have reopened but travel time is about 45 minutes. Congestion to J10, A454.

    See BBC Travel News for more information.

     
  22.  
    Warm again 08:03:

    Any patches of mist or low cloud will soon disperse through the morning. Otherwise it will be another dry and fine day across the region, with some good sunny spells and it will become very warm in many places. Highs of 25C (77F).

    weather
     
  23.  
    Good morning 08:00: Ed Barlow BBC Local Live

    I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates throughout the day for Birmingham and the Black Country.

    You can get in touch by emailing locallive@bbc.co.uk.

     

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.