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Landmark car park due for demolition

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Huge gaping holes in the walls of Stourbridge's Bell Street car park have given residents a unique view inside the concrete landmark.

Huge gaping holes in the walls of Stourbridge's Bell Street car park have given residents a unique view inside the concrete landmark.

And soon the multi-storey will be no more as contractors make the final preparations to blow the building up.

The explosive end will come as the car park and neighbouring Crown Centre make way for a new £50 million shopping centre and Tesco supermarket, set to transform the town.

This picture shows the different ramps leading cars up to each level of the ailing multi-storey.

Project manager Mark Glover, of Bowmer and Kirkland, says workers are gradually dismantling sections of the car park and Crown Centre from the top downwards.

He claims reducing the size of car park will help improve safety when it is blown up.

Remaining electrical wiring and other utilities are being being disconnected and removed from both buildings before the main part of the demolition plan gets under way.

Large security fences have been erected to surround the buildings for safety as people continue to make their way in and out of the town centre from the Ring Road.

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Stourbridge Library and the town hall can only be accessed via Crown Square while the work is carried out.

A new entrance to the library and town hall will soon open along Smithfields, off Market Street.

Around 120 properties will be evacuated and an exclusion zone in place for 24 hours when the main demolition takes place.

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