Work begins to demolish shell of fire-ravaged Weybridge Hospital
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.