Wave goodbye to the Waverley
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