After 20 years of being derelict, work has now begun to bring the former Mansfield General Hospital to the ground as the contractors move onsite to start demolishing the building.
CMEC Demolition, of Nottingham, began remedial work earlier this month and is now gearing up to manage the removal of asbestos and demolish the property.
Demolition is expected to take up to six months to complete and will be 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 total cost of this work is expected to be £900,000.
The 1.3 hectare site, which was bought by the Council in June 2013, comprises a wide variety of buildings, the oldest of which dates back to before 1900. The premises have been unoccupied for almost 20 years and consequently the site has deteriorated.
The Council is looking at a range of development options and is currently working on schemes that may be taken forward.
The Executive Mayor Tony Egginton said: “We have made a commitment as a Council to sort out this eyesore which has blighted the area for the last 20 years. I’m please work is underway to remove what is a dangerous structure, due to the high levels of asbestos within the buildings.
“Since purchasing this site, the Council set a realistic timescale to demolish the buildings and remediate the site, and our plans are on track. The Council is now looking at options for its redevelopment.”
Antony Hopkinson Managing Director of CMEC Demolition said: “We are very pleased to be working in partnership with Mansfield District Council on this prestigious contract and look forward to delivering a successful conclusion to all involved with bringing the project to fruition.”