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'Crossroads' tower goes.

Work will begin this week on demolishing a landmark city centre tower as part of the development of New Street station.

Stephenson Tower (right) was hailed as the blueprint for city centre living when it opened in 1966. The 20-storey block was the height of luxury and home to many of the cast of Crossroads. But in recent years it has become a eyesore and will make way for a new John Lewis department store which will stand at the southern end of the redeveloped station.

The tower has been clad in scaffolding and a protective dust cover before it is taken apart brick by brick over the new few weeks.

More than pounds 600 million is being ploughed in to lifting the station out of its concrete gloom and creating a gleaming new transport hub. The station will then be clad in polished steel panels before it is ready to open in 2015.
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Date:Jun 30, 2011
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