VIDEO: Time-lapse footage shows ‘eyesore’ hospital being reduced to rubble

Going, going on - time-lapse photos show how the old Mansfield General Hospital has been reduced to rubble.

In November, bulldozers moved onto the ‘eyesore’ hospital site in which has sat derelict for more than two decades.

Mansfield General Hospital demolition.

Mansfield General Hospital demolition.

Nottingham-based CMEC Demolition began remedial work removed asbestos to make the site safe so the demolition work can begin.

In October, Chad revealed that the project cost had spiralled to £940,000 following the discovery of the asbestos - £360,000 more than first anticipated.

The demolition has been 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 West Hill Drive site, which has been dubbed an eyesore by residents, was bought by the council in June 2013.

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

Because the premises have been unoccupied for so long, the site has suffered significant deterioration, and with the discovery of asbestos the project cost increased from an estimated £580,000.

Mansfield Mayor Tony Egginton agreed to transfer the additional money from the authority’s capital programme and council reserves to make up the shortfall.

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