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- MemberNovember 20, 2015 at 12:19 pm
A major clear-up operation was under way at one of Birmingham’s biggest shopping parks after a landmark sign came crashing down in 70mph winds. Workers sealed off part of the car park at the Fort mall, near Erdington , after the 150ft sign topped as Storm Barney hit the Midlands on Tuesday night. It added on Twitter: “We have the area secured and will keep everyone updated.” In a later statement, the shopping park said: "The force of Storm Barney unfortunately brought down The Fort Shopping Park Tower last night.
"However, we can confirm nobody was close by or injured and there was also no damage to any vehicles." "The park remains open and all retailers will be trading as normal with vehicles being directed into the underground car park which has 700 spaces." "The area has been secured to enable the Tower to be dismantled and removed today."
"The Fort Tower stood at approximately 150ft and has been a visual reference point for the out of city shopping park since opening in 1996." "It is the first time it has ever suffered any structural damage." The damage wreaked by Storm Barney’s 70mph winds sparked chaos across the Midlands as commuters faced a nightmare rush hour on Wednesday morning.