Demolition job at old hospital site goes inside
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