Work has started on the main demolition phase of a disused office block in West Bridgford, owned by Nottinghamshire County Council.
Demolition of the 1960s CLASP building, adjacent to the County Council's main headquarters at County Hall, started last autumn and is scheduled to be completed this summer. It will save taxpayers around £178,000 a year in running costs.
Longer term redevelopment plans for the site are yet to be determined and are likely to be subject to a full options appraisal. In the meantime, the land will be made available for additional car parking.
Heavy plant machinery has been moved onto site this week to begin pulling down the four-storey building, off Loughborough Road.
The work is being managed by the Arc Partnership, a joint venture company between the County Council and Scape Group, which launched last year.
The introduction of new, smarter ways of working and a better use of office space is allowing the Council to reduce its overheads, by operating from fewer buildings across the county.
'Served the Council well'
Councillor David Kirkham, Chairman of the Finance and Property Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: "The CLASP Block building has served the Council well for just over 50 years but is in need of significant investment to bring it up to modern standards. Demolishing it is saving taxpayers £178,000 a year in running costs, which instead can be used to protect frontline services.
"The demolition work has been progressing well and to-date has included the safe removal of a significant amount of asbestos and removal of the connecting corridor which linked the CLASP office block to the main County Hall building."
"As well as reducing running costs, demolition of the building provides an exciting opportunity to improve and redevelop the site. No decisions have been taken with regard to what type of development will put in its place but we expect to be in a position to begin considering options in the summer."
Although parking for staff has been reduced during the works, alternative arrangements are in place it is still that it's 'business as usual' for visitors to the County Hall campus while the demolition works continue.