Leicester's New Walk towers topple in amazing controlled explosion

Leicester's New Walk Towers have been razed to the ground in an incredible controlled explosion this morning - find all the 'buiild up' and the 'blow down' here >>>

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History professor predicts New Walk's demise in 1975!

The newly built New Walk Centre was controversially bought by Leicester City Council in 1975 for £5million, nearing the end of a two year recession and during a period of high inflation, attracting much public criticism.

One of the building's biggest denouncers was then Professor of History at Leicester University Jack Simmons - who hated it as a piece of architecture.

In an extraordinarily prescient prediction of today's demolition - he told our cameras the people of the 21st century would very much regret the 1970s concrete tower blocks of the past.

He died in 2000, but judging by the clip above, today would have been a sight he'd have loved to see.

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