Peterborough District Hospital demolition begins - in pictures and video

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Bulldozers have been set to work on the old Peterborough District Hospital site with buildings already turned into rubble.

The site, which was bought by Lands Improvement Holdings (LIH) for £7.75 million, will be turned into 350 homes and a new primary school.

Demolition of the former Peterborough District Hospital site at Thorpe Road EMN-140912-120136009

Demolition of the former Peterborough District Hospital site at Thorpe Road EMN-140912-120136009

Now two months into the demolition, the historic site is mostly unrecognisable apart from a few relics that remain.

These include the Memorial Wing, 60-62 Thorpe Road and The Gables which will be retained as part of the development and have cut-off points where work cannot go ahead.

The bulldozers have already seen a lot of use so far, including one which is a 90-ton long-reach machine.

There are also six 40-ton excavaters in action, as well as the ‘concrete crusher.’

Demolition of the former Peterborough District Hospital site at Thorpe Road. Pictured is project lead Paul Jeal EMN-140912-120607009

Demolition of the former Peterborough District Hospital site at Thorpe Road. Pictured is project lead Paul Jeal EMN-140912-120607009

Although it is still early days with the demolition, there have been no issues so far according to Paul Jeal, project lead for LIH.

“Things are going very well, the guys have been on here since the start of October. They are on target with the initial phase which is for the new school,” he said.

“We’ve had public consultations and taken things into consideration. It was quite a robust process.”

The new school will take over the West Town Primary School and provide 630 places for local youngsters when it opens in 2016.

The site for the school is currently being cleared and is expected to be handed over in March 2015.

For the entire site, the demolition is hoped to be completed by September 2015.

Regular meetings are held with residents to listen to their concerns.

Attempts are also made to minimise noise disruption and consider the environmental impact which includes employing a dust supression kit.

And even before demolition can begin, asbestos surveys have to be undertaken.

All the concrete rubble from the old hospital is also to be used for construction in the new premises on the site.

James Farr is principal consultant for firm WSP, who are contracted by LIH to manage any contamination on site.

He said: “People have been really positive about this. When you knock down old buildings it’s a bit of a shame.

“You get the satisfaction when you come back to one of these jobs and you see the new development.”

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