Work be­gins to de­mol­ish shell of fire-rav­aged Wey­bridge Hos­pi­tal

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ONE month after it was rav­aged by an enor­mous fire, work is un­der way to de­mol­ish the black­ened shell of Wey­bridge Hos­pi­tal.

Over nine weeks, start­ing on Mon­day (Au­gust 14), the build­ing will be torn down as NHS Prop­erty Ser­vices clears the site.

The three-storey build­ing in Church Street, close to Wey­bridge’s main high street and in a largely res­i­den­tial area, was al­most com­pletely de­stroyed by a fire which started late on Tues­day July 11.

Flames dra­mat­i­cally ripped through the com­mu­nity hos­pi­tal, which of­fers chil­dren’s, gas­tro and liver ser­vices.

In a state­ment, NHS Prop­erty Ser­vices said in­for­ma­tion has been dis­trib­uted to res­i­dents liv­ing near the hos­pi­tal site, prior to the work be­ing car­ried out.

“We have now en­gaged a spe­cial­ist de­mo­li­tion and sal­vage com­pany, John Stacey and Sons Ltd, to sort through and re­move the de­bris, while re­cov­er­ing any sal­vage­able items that re­main,” read the state­ment on Fri­day Au­gust 11.

“Any items found will ei­ther be re­cy­cled, se­curely de­stroyed, or re­turned to the ap­pro­pri­ate au­thor­ity.”

Spe­cial­ist de­mo­li­tion and sal­vage com­pany John Stacey and Sons Ltd will be clear­ing the site.

NHS Prop­erty Ser­vices said if the nine-week timescale for the project changes, res­i­dents will be in­formed.

Ad­dress­ing po­ten­tial con­cerns over noise and dust as the de­mo­li­tion gets un­der way, Mar­tin Steele, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer for NHS Prop­erty Ser­vices, said: “I would like to thank you for your pa­tience while we have en­gaged a spe­cial­ist con­trac­tor to help us clear the hos­pi­tal site.

“We will take all the mea­sures we can to min­imise noise and dis­rup­tion for lo­cal res­i­dents while the work takes place, and we will work with North West Sur­rey Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group and Cen­tral Sur­rey Health on fu­ture plans for health ser­vices on site and keep you up­dated.”

The state­ment added that steps be­ing taken to min­imise noise, dust and dis­rup­tion are:

Use of a spray which gives a fine mist of wa­ter to pre­vent dust at the site

Use of banks­men to di­rect traf­fic go­ing onto and leav­ing the site, to min­imise traf­fic dis­rup­tion

Ve­hi­cles leav­ing the site will be cleaned to re­duce the trans­fer of dust to lo­cal roads

The con­trac­tor will be us­ing some heavy ma­chin­ery on site but will en­deav­our to keep noise lev­els to the min­i­mum re­quired to com­plete the works as quickly and safely as pos­si­ble

Work­ers will ar­rive on­site from 7.30am and work will be­gin at 8am and fin­ish at 5pm each day, un­less there is a safety rea­son why work needs to con­tinue later. Work will only take place Mon­day to Fri­day.

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