Coming to a screen near you – live demolition of the Mansfield General Hospital site

December 13, 2013 5:30 pm

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Local people can now follow the demolition of the Mansfield General Hospital site, thanks to a time-lapsed camera system, which has been set up to track the dismantling of the building from start to finish.

The high definition system, which has been installed by the company Hideaway Media, will take round-the-clock photographs of the site every fifteen minutes. The archived images will then be edited to produce a film showing the various stages of demolition.

Contractors moved onsite in November to begin the process of demolishing the General Hospital, which has remained derelict for the past twenty years. The demolition by CMEC Demolition is expected to take up to six months to complete and will be carried out in phases, firstly to remove the building next to West Hill Drive before moving onto the main building. The total cost of the work is expected to be £900,000.  The 1.3 hectare site was bought by the Council in June 2013. It comprises a wide variety of buildings, the oldest of which dates back to before 1900.

Cllr Kate Allsop, Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration said: “This is a unique opportunity to document the demolition of a historical building in Mansfield, which has generated a lot of public interest over the years. The final footage will be used to market the availability of the land for development.”

The cost of making the film will be shared between Mansfield District Council and CMEC Demolition.

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