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Aston University tower block demolished

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Media captionStafford Tower's demolition followed that of Lawrence and Dalton towers in 2011

A 21-storey tower block has been demolished in central Birmingham to make way for a five-acre park.

The Stafford Tower accommodation block at Aston University was built in the 1970s.

Engineers said it was one of the most challenging jobs they had taken on, with the nearest building just 6m away.

The university said it marked the "end of an era", while local residents said had changed the skyline forever.

It is the third tower to be demolished at the university in recent years, with Lawrence and Dalton towers being brought down in 2011 as part of a £215m project to build new accommodation and create open spaces.

Dozens of current and past students paid tribute on Twitter.

Adam Nix wrote: "My old flat at #StaffordTower raised to the ground, the Brum skyline has changed from today."

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