Demolition commenced in July 2008, following an unsuccessful attempt to get Cane Hill listed. The Water Tower, Administration block and Chapel were to be retained and eventually restored, although there are no timescales on this at present.
Squibb and Davies won the £7.5 Million contract, and claim the demolition would be completed by December 2009
They started at the rear of the site, demolishing the Mortuary, Laundry and service buildings towards the centre of the site. They followed this up with removing the shorter male wards, then the female. Finally, the larger ward blocks were removed, with Wren/Wesley on the Male side being the final block to go.
Large amounts of items were salvaged, including the mortuary slabs, roof slate and bricks, in addition to various other goods such as vintage telephones, windowframes and non-confidential paperwork
Please see below for images from demolition.
Demolition starts at the rear. The bricks stacked up are from the mortuary
Asbestos clearing trailer
The base of the tower is sealed.
The wards in the centre of the male side come down
Work on the female side advances
The airing court between H and K blocks is cleared
Mapother ward is demolished
The Concrete walkway shows where the corridor was previously
‘A’ Block is separated and prepared for demolition
Wren in July 2009
Admin and the Chapel, August 2009