High Tower is a 36 metre tower block on the Duddeston Manor Road in the Duddeston Manor Estate. It is located in the Nechells Green area of Aston, Birmingham, England. It is notable for being a member of the Duddeston Four which were the first tower blocks to be built in the city. It has 12 floors.
High Tower was completed in 1955 making it the last of the Duddeston Four to be completed. It has an X shaped footprint meaning all flats receive sunlight. It is constructed of brick and construction was expensive.
The tower was received heating and hot water from a coal-fired (and later gas) boiler in the basement of Queens Tower, although flats now have their own boilers. The Garchey refuse disposal system was installed in the tower, and refuse was transferred to the basement of Queens Tower where it was spun in a giant dryer to remove excess water and burned in a gas furnace. There are seven staircases within the block - one public access stair case at the front, and another at the back, and then five emergency staircases, with one in each corner and one in the centre.
The Duddeston Manor Estate was one of four in the Nechells Green complex of 27 tower blocks and part of the 67 council-owned tower blocks in Aston. It was refurbished in the mid-late-1990s along with Cromwell Street Estate, while the other 2 estates (Kellett Road Estate & Rupert Street Estate) were demolished to make way for new low-rise houses. The only tower block to be demolished on the Duddeston Manor Estate was Churchfield House.
Duddeston Manor Estate tower blocks Edit
- Humber Tower (16 storeys)
- Dovey Tower (16 storeys)
- Trent Tower (16 storeys)
- Churchfield House (12 storeys)... demolished late 1990s
- Willow House (9 storeys)
The Duddeston Four...