DEMOLITION of Ashbourne’s former hospital building, in Belle Vue Road, is well under way and its developers have announced a name for the cluster of housing that will replace it.
Bloor Homes, which has permission to build 30 new homes on the site of the old St Oswald’s Hospital, will call the new development ‘St Oswald’s Manor’ and expects the site to be cleared by the end of March.
A pain-staking demolition, carried out by specialist contractors McAuliffe, has so far seen most of the roof peeled off the former workhouse, tile by tile, and the 19th Century building could vanish from the skyline by the end of the month.
Bloor Homes land director Alister Sykes said: “Demolition is progressing steadily as we have been stripping back the roof very carefully to ensure materials are salvaged and that there are no bats present.
“Much of the demolition material will be re-used. Some of the facing stone will be used in garden walls to the frontage and some brick and concrete materials will be crushed and used under driveways and footpaths.”