D-Day for multi-storey
Saturday 5th April 2014 @ 08:00 by Max Wieland
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AT LAST: Cllr Peter Robinson makes a start on the car park's demolition.

AT LAST: Cllr Peter Robinson makes a start on the car park’s demolition.

Preliminary Demolition work finally got underway at Hyde’s multi-storey car park this week after Tameside demolition firm Windmill moved in the appropriate equipment and cranes to the site last weekend.

But despite the positive start, the eyesore structure will still be standing for at least another week due to a water mains supply that needs to be protected underneath the car park.

“The work is starting, but as for actual demolition, we are looking at around April 14,” said Cllr Peter Robinson, Tameside Council’s Executive Member for Transport and Land Use.

“The 20-inch water mains supply that goes through the middle of the car park has got to be protected, the equipment that nibbles away at the concrete weighs 70 tonnes, so if we fracture the water main, the whole of the north west will suffer, so that’s got to be protected first before demolition starts.”

As previously reported, the decaying, 1970’s multi-storey car park had reached the end of its lifespan – with a recent structural engineering report saying it would either need to be demolished or undergo significant refurbishment – at a cost of at least £500,000 – within the next two years.

The land is now going to be redeveloped to create a new car park, with part of the site being sold for a new KFC restaurant – which will bring jobs to the town as well as funding the whole
project.

– You can read more on this story in the current edition of the Tameside Reporter (April 3).

SOON TO BE GONE: A panoramic view of the multi storey from the ground floor.

SOON TO BE GONE: A panoramic view of the multi storey from the ground floor.

 

VIEW FROM ABOVE:  The Tameside Reporter was given priveliged acces to take this  panoramic view of the area from the top floor of the soon to be demolished multi-storey.

VIEW FROM ABOVE: The Tameside Reporter was given priveliged acces to take this panoramic view of the area from the top floor of the soon to be demolished multi-storey.