The best we can probably hope for is structural facade retention
and a complete rebuild of the interior.
The update to councillors explained: 'This further damage does not increase any of the risks to the public or the adjacent residents, nor does it increase the risk of collapse, but it does affect how the temporary structural supports and facade retention
can be connected to the buildings.
"It has not been possible to deliver the previously proposed facade retention
scheme, due to the unstable condition of the facades, the risk of wall collapse and the health and safety risk in carrying out the works.
Skanska has much experience in traffic management and logistics, and even facade retention
systems and demolition within tight constraints on site, which facilitated this contract award.
Recognised by its distinctive battleship grey trucks and machines, the family-owned specialist in demolition, dismantling, asbestos removal, earth-moving, contaminated land remediation and site clearance undertakes all types and sizes of demolition and site preparation projects, such as housing estates, schools, universities, hospitals, tower blocks, shopping centres, facade retention
works, railway works, government buildings, industrial estates, chemical plants and even nuclear sites.
Among the topics are scaffolding, facade retention
, and demolition; ground stability, foundations, and substructures; structural concrete frames; cladding and curtain wall construction; and building obsolescence and revitalization.
"It is therefore reluctantly concluded that, unless the developer commences works on the facade retention
scheme forthwith, the total demolition of the building will be necessary."
Nick Parsons-Young, managing director of City Special Waste which is carrying out the current removal work, said, "The clock is now in storage and it is intended to have it refurbished and incorporated within the new development, along with other important artefacts, and the facade retention
of some of the existing Victorian structure."
And to make matters worse, despite the discovery, demolition continued to the point that facade retention
is no longer considered viable."
It said: "Furthermore, in the event of catastrophic structural failure is it questionable whether facade retention
would be sufficient to maintain the building frontage and prevent it from collapse impacting on public safety, given the close proximity to the public highway."
These include Imperial House on Donegal Square East which was rebuilt in 2002 following serious problems with its previous tiled facade, two buildings that have been totally rebuilt on Royal Avenue as well as the building currently housing New Look which was subject to a facade retention
scheme in the early 2000s.
Contract Notice: The demolition of the existing building and the facade retention
of the existing stone elevation onto Main Street.