Published: Wednesday, 10th Apr 2019

Demolition work at a derelict building on Bank Street is to start on April 23.

The complex clearance project to demolish the disused Late Club and Club Ice, in Bolton town centre, will be carried out by specialists J Freeley Ltd.

Bolton Council own the building, which lies within the Church Wharf ‘intervention site’ in the £1.2 billion town centre masterplan.

The work is taking place as there are structural safety concerns with the building.

Demolition will need to be done in stages as the building is located at the edge of the River Croal.

The contractors will have to first carry out work to make sure the building walls at the side of the river are supported.

The demolition of the building is expected to take 16 weeks and a one-way traffic system will be in place for the entirety of the demolition to enable work to take place safely.

From April 23, traffic will not be able to travel northbound from Bradshawgate to Folds Road via Bank Street.

A signposted diversion will be in place directing traffic around Deansgate, Bridge Street and Bow Street.

Bank Street will still be open one-way meaning motorists can drive southbound from Folds Road to Bradshawgate.

A council spokesperson said: “The building has been an eyesore for a number of years and many will welcome this news.

“This is a very complex demolition project which is why the work is expected to run for a number of months.

“We understand there will be some inconvenience to motorists and we are working with J Freeley to do everything we can to minimise disruption.”

Following demolition of the building a new retaining wall will be constructed alongside the River Croal.

The proposals are still in development, but it is anticipated that traffic using Bank Street will be unaffected.

A planning application for the redevelopment of Church Wharf has been submitted to Bolton Council by Muse Developments.