Demolition of old Peterborough hospital is completed

Demolition work taking place. Picture: @eyepeterborough (Twitter)

Demolition work taking place. Picture: @eyepeterborough (Twitter)

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A landmark building which has been a major part of Peterborough’s skyline for decades has finally been reduced to rubble as redevelopment work takes place.

The old Peterborough District Hospital building has been demolished as part of work to build a new primary school in the area.

Demolition work taking place. Picture: @eyepeterborough (Twitter)

Demolition work taking place. Picture: @eyepeterborough (Twitter)

The old hospital has been standing empty for five years - Peterborough City Hospital marked the milestone with an open day last month.

Cranes and bulldozers have been on the Thorpe Road site for more than a year to prepare the ground for the new building works, which will provide a new location for West Town Primary School.

Dramatic photos show the final moments the buildings were still standing.

While planning permission for the development was granted in July 2014, the administrative core of the Memorial Hospital wing, built in homage to the fallen of the Great War, was meant to remain untouched .

PDH site at Thorpe Road demolished EMN-150812-123942009

PDH site at Thorpe Road demolished EMN-150812-123942009

But a detailed application passed in August agreed that it could be largely demolished and re-built.

The new school building for West Town, which will have space for 630 pupils, is planned to open in the new year. Alongside the school, the site will see 350 new homes built in the development.