A giant piece of machinery has arrived in Seaforth in a bid to demolish a tower block which has stubbornly refused to fall.
Montgomery House was supposed to come down on Sunday but resisted three attempts to knock it down .
It means residents in a nearby exclusion zone – made up of around 70 properties – have been unable to return to their homes for almost a week while the now dangerously unsafe building continues to“super high-reach” excavator arrived in sections on three low loaders in Seaforth last night after being transported from Glasgow, where it was being used on another job.
J Bryan demolition manager Sean Ingram said: “We are using the tallest machine in Europe and we expect work to begin tomorrow. It will take as long as it takes.
“We understand the residents have been out of their homes for quite some time now, and we are doing everything we can to allow them to return as quickly as possible. Our number one priority is safety.”
The exclusion zone was originally put up around Montgomery House and neighbouring Churchill House on Sunday, with residents asked to leave their homes from 9am to 12.30pm while the controlled explosion was carried out.
Churchill House fell down in a second attempt on Sunday, but the formidable Montgomery Tower failed to fall.
A third attempt to demolish the tower was made on Monday, but only the corner crumbled – leaving the majority of the tower intact.
Residents living nearby have still not been allowed home and are being put up in hotels.
They have reportedly been told to expect to be out of their homes until next Tuesday at the earliest – more than 10 days since originally moving out.