Work starts to clear site for new Salisbury Library

Work starts to clear site for new Salisbury Library

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 12:14pm 11th October 2019.

Demolition's now underway at the former Original Factory Store on Malthouse Lane.

Contractors arrived on site earlier this week, and they're taking great care with the job.

Original Factory Store Maltings Malthouse Lane Demolition October 2019
It's been pretty meticulous work at the Malthouse Lane site this week

It's believed the roof tiles are being taken off carefully to allow for them to be recycled.

Reclaimed tiles are becoming a more popular choice for building projects, due to their cheaper cost and being more environmentally friendly.

Original Factory Store Maltings Malthouse Lane Demolition October 2019
The work's begun this week, after some preparation inside the building

Some work has been ongoing inside the building, and the former British Heart Foundation store behind it in recent weeks.

This is the first signs of demolition on the outside so far.

Original Factory Store Maltings Malthouse Lane Demolition October 2019
It's not known how long contractors will be on site for the demolition process

WHY IS THE SITE BEING CLEARED?

Planning permission was approved by Wiltshire Council last month to redevelop the site as a new Library, hotel and gym.

It's the first phase of a huge project across the Maltings and Central Car Park area of Salisbury to 'regenerate the site'.

Library hotel plan Maltings CG I View 2
An artists' impression of how the new building on the site is due to look

At this stage, there's no target date for the building to be completed, although the whole Maltings programme is expected to take place 'over the coming years'.

Earlier this week, it was also confirmed by Wiltshire Council that they plan to set aside money to buy up land and buildings in the area to help speed along the process.

Original Factory Store Maltings Malthouse Lane Demolition October 2019
The demolition work is now underway on the corner of Malthouse Lane
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