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Former Ribbleton Hospital demolition work starts

Posted on - 29th November, 2017 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - News, Redevelopment, Ribbleton
Demolition work at the Ribbleton Hospital site Pic: Anthony Douglas John McAiney
Demolition work at the Ribbleton Hospital site Pic: Anthony Douglas John McAiney

Demolition has begun on a former hospital in Preston.

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The Ribbleton Hospital site off Miller Road is being knocked down by the Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Standing empty since 2015 the building has become a hot-spot for vandalism and arson attempts in Ribbleton.

Construction crews began to demolish the outside of the buildings during Monday (27 November) although work started in mid-October to prepare for the buildings coming down.

The hospital was built between 1974 and 1981.

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It closed when mental health services moved to a new purpose-built facility in Blackpool called The Harbour.

Half-way there in demolishing part of the hospital Pic: Anthony Douglas John McAiney
Half-way there in demolishing part of the hospital Pic: Anthony Douglas John McAiney

A spokesman for the Trust said: “The Trust vacated the site in March 2015 when services transferred to modern accommodation, which meant the site was surplus to requirements and available for disposal. This is in line with our estates strategy and the Naylor report which requires all NHS Trusts to make efficient use of its estate. Bradley Demolition started working on the site in mid-October.

“They have removed asbestos, soft stripped the build and now well into the demolition of the site which should be cleared early to mid-December.”

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Do you have any memories of the hospital? Did you work there? Let us know in the comments below

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