The first Red Road Tower Block has been Demolished

© Amanda Vincent-Rous

Nearly 275 kilos of explosives brought down the first Red Road tower block this past weekend, marking the beginning of a controlled demolition process that will completely remove the infamous residential complex from the skyline by 2017. In a response to the post-war housing crisis, the Housing Association (GHA) flats were constructed between 1964 and 1969 in an effort to provide the ultimate modern community for almost 5000 residents.

Continue reading for more on the iconic Red Road flats and a video of the demolition.