Demolition of Kings Mill buildings just weeks away

Dukeries KMH
Dukeries KMH

A DATE has been set to demolish a former maternity unit at King’s Mill Hospital which has stood empty for two years. Hoardings have been placed around the Dukeries Centre and work to demolish the old buildings will begin in January.

The buildings, which have stood idle since November 2010, are set to make way for public car parking, providing between 80 and 100 new spaces.

Lucy Dadge, commercial director for Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Car parking at the front of the centre will be maintained throughout the works and we will make sure

disruptions are kept to a minimum.

“The Dukeries Centre has served the community extremely well over the years. Every floor will no doubt have a story or memory for people who either worked or were treated there.

“The demolition will mark the end of an era, however, staff and local people are benefitting from the improved healthcare facilities in the new state-of-the art King’s Mill Hospital.”

The Dukeries Centre closed in 2010 after more than 36 years. It opened its doors in January 1974 to meet the needs of an expanding area and a change in birthing trends.

Planning for the centre began in the 1960s and construction began in November 1970.

It was built £1.25m and at the time it was the largest single NHS building development in the area since the service was formed 1948.