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Massey Ferguson's Tile Hill tower block 'to be demolished'

Work has started on removing parts of the former Massey Ferguson tower block in Coventry ahead of it being pulled down in July.

At its peak, the factory on Banner Lane in Tile Hill was one of the world's largest tractor manufacturing sites.

The 16-storey tower was added to site in the 1960s, but closed with the factory in 2003, with the loss of 1,000 jobs.

A school is set to be built there as part of the regeneration of the area.

'Familiar sight'

More than 3m machines rolled off the production line between 1946 and 2003.

Internal fixtures and fittings are being removed ahead of the building being torn down on 8 July.

Richard Oldroyd, of developer Persimmon Homes South Midlands, said it was an end of an era for some.

"The tower block has been empty for a number of years and is a familiar sight for residents and former employees of Massey Ferguson," he said.

"It may be an end of an era for some but it is helping to open the doors for many future home owners hoping to get on the property ladder and will bring further enhancements to the community."

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