Check out this view! Cabinet members and representatives from Devon and Cornwall’s emergency services got a bird’s eye view of the Hoe and the Sound from the top of the Quality Hotel.
Demolition contractors Gilpin have been on site since mid-January to prepare the building for demolition after the eyesore was bought by Plymouth City Council.
The authority bought the 10 storey building and plan to knock it down and prepare the land for redevelopment, preferably for a hotel of international standing.
It follows growing concern about the number of vandalism and arson incidents at the derelict site which towers above the Hoe.
Cabinet Member for Finance and Assets, Councillor Mark Lowry said: “As well as giving people an update, we wanted to highlight the extraordinary views and the position this hotel commands.
“We think the site offers an amazing opportunity and have already begun talking to hotel marketing experts about its potential. They are all really keen to see a hotel of an international standing open in time to help the city celebrate the extraordinary events that will be taking place for Mayflower 400.”
Council leader Tudor Evans added: “It was good to see colleagues from the city’s emergency services here without sirens and lights! We wanted to thank them for the times they have been called here and the considerable part they’ve played in keeping this neighbourhood safe, putting themselves at personal risk when dealing with incidents.”
Work carried out by the contractors so far include service disconnection, removing plants and shrubbery, site clearance as well as securing it and carrying out surveys including asbestos and noise.
The hotel was built in the 1970s when asbestos was commonly used in construction. Both the Council and the contractors were expecting to find the substance within the building and a thorough decontamination will start before the full internal strip out gets underway. As this will be carried out inside under strictly controlled conditions, the public are not likely to see any change for eight or so weeks.
Once the asbestos has been removed, dismantling the building floor by floor will happen relatively swiftly.
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