De­mo­li­tion job at old hospi­tal site goes inside

Townsville Bulletin - - Nye — Party Central -

ONE of Townsville’s big­gest de­mo­li­tion jobs, the work on the old Townsville Gen­eral Hospi­tal site in North Ward, has moved into a new phase.

De­mo­li­tion con­trac­tor Gavin Mark­well said there was just some crushin­gand re­cy­clin­gof con­crete slabs and brick­work to fin­ish the out­side part of the con­tract, planned to be com­pleted by the end of Jan­uary.

‘‘We have now started strip­pin­gout the in­te­rior of the her­itage-listed A Block, and don’t ex­pect any prob­lems.’’

Mr Mark­well said while there was some as­bestos in­volved, it was mostly in the eas­ily-re­moved floor tiles, and in a cou­ple of ceil­ings.

‘‘But nat­u­rally, we will still be takingall the re­quired pre­cau­tions, as we have done over the en­tire site,’’ he said.

‘‘So far everythinghas gone smoothly and to the sat­is­fac­tion of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency of­fi­cers who have con­stantly mon­i­tored our work on the site.’’

The mod­ern brick block on Gre­gory St be­hind A Block is now al­most com­pletely stripped out, in readi­ness to be con­verted to a multi-level car park serv­ingthe apart­ments which will be cre­ated in A Block.

Work by restora­tion ex­perts has also started on the her­itage-listed An­ton Brienal buildin­gin the cen­tre of the site.

Re­in­force­ment work has also be­gun on the 12 blocks of land which will be sold alongthe rear perime­ter rim, but they have not yet come on to the mar­ket.

The Eyre St frontage where the old emer­gency unit was lo­cated is now lev­elled out and await­ingthe con­struc­tion of a re­tail precinct.


DE­STRUC­TION IN­DUS­TRY . . . de­mo­li­tion con­trac­tor Gavin Mark­well at the TGH site

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