Wave good­bye to the Waver­ley

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE -

Demolition in progress as the heavy ma­chin­ery moves in Long-awaited de­vel­op­ment work is un­der way at the Waver­ley Ho­tel af­ter demolition teams started haul­ing down the dis­used build­ing yes­ter­day.

The fire-rav­aged ho­tel, which sits at the cor­ner of York Place and Cale­do­nian Road in Perth, had been ear­marked for demolition to make way for a com­mu­nity hall to sup­port the work of the neigh­bour­ing Trin­ity Church of the Nazarene.

Demolition work­ers fenced off the historic 40-bed­room premises ear­lier this month and then started clear­ing the build­ing from the rear on Mon­day this week.

It brings to an end the saga over the site which was last used as home­less ac­com­mo­da­tion by Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil and then snapped up by busi­ness­woman Ann Gloag.

A hand­ful of plan­ning applications for the build­ings were made in the fol­low­ing years. Th­ese in­cluded es­ti­mated costs run­ning into mil­lions of pounds to re­store the prop­erty to its former glory. The Waver­ley Ho­tel

The schemes were held up be­fore agree­ment was reached to de­mol­ish the site.

In re­cent years it was also placed on the mar­ket for con­tin­ued use and then se­ri­ously dam­aged in a fire-rais­ing in­ci­dent in Novem­ber 2015.

It was lat­terly placed on the Build­ings at Risk reg­is­ter with con­cerns that the listed prop­er­ties, built over the 19th and early 20th cen­tury, might dis­ap­pear.

End of an era

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