Hospital demolition is still on schedule

10-2189-3''Mansfield, General Hospital.
10-2189-3''Mansfield, General Hospital.

Contractors are still on course to complete demolition of Mansfield’s ‘eyesore’ former general hospital by April, a council spokesman has said.

Mansfield District Council told Chad that they expect work to flatten the West Hill Drive site to be finished by late April.

The authority is also “continuing to look at options with regard to developing the site’, the spokesman said.

Last month Chad reported that residents could now follow the demolition process on a special webcam which is following contractors as they pull down the buildings.

The archived images will then be edited to produce a film showing the various stages of demolition and will be used as a marketing tool to help sell the site to potential developers once the buildings are down,

Demolition started in November after Nottingham-based CMEC Demolition began removing asbestos to make the site safe so the buildings could be levelled.

While the demolition takes place the council’s housing department will also be clearing the way for residential development.

Demolition will be carried out in phases, firstly to remove the building next to West Hill Drive before then moving onto the main building set further back into the site, the council said.

The 1.3 hectare site, which has been dubbed an eyesore by residents, was bought by the council in June 2013.

It comprises a variety of buildings, the oldest of which dates back to before 1900.

Mansfield Mayor Tony Egginton said: “We have made a commitment as a council to sort out this eyesore which has blighted the area for the last 20 years.

“Since purchasing this site, the council has set a realistic timescale to demolish the buildings and remediate the site, and our plans are on track.”