Building Demolished For New Bridge

A building's being demolished in Poole to make way for the road which will take drivers over the new Twin Sails Bridge to West Quay.

Work on the approach road being created to join West Quay Road, to the Twin Sails Bridge has begun and on Monday 6 June Poole Boat Park building will be demolished.

Over the next 10 to 15 years, this £37million project is expected to deliver 2,000 homes, and create up to 5,000 jobs.

The bridge contractor, Hochtief (UK) Construction Ltd, has started to strip the Poole Boat Park building on West Quay Road in preparation for its demolition which will make way for the new approach road.

The newly created Twin Sails Bridge viewing area on West Quay Road will be closed during demolition as works could impact on the safety of viewers.

The Twin Sails Bridge is scheduled to open in early 2012, providing critical infrastructure for 26 hectares of brownfield land and unlocking one of the largest regeneration sites in the South West.

The site will be raised up to two metres as part of the council's flood defence programme to reduce the impact of future flooding in the area.

Cllr Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Borough of Poole, said:

"The demolition of Poole Boat Park building marks another key stage in the delivery of the Twin Sails Bridge.

"I understand this work will cause delays to some people and apologise for any inconvenience caused. However, I look forward to the construction of the new approach road taking place over the coming months."

The north bound lane and footpath adjacent to the Poole Boat Park building will be closed on Monday 6 June 2011 from approximately 9.30 am to 6.00 pm. This temporary closure is necessary for the safe passage of vehicles and pedestrians during demolition activities.

Julian McLaughlin, Head of Transportation Services, Borough of Poole, said:

"The demolition will be carried out by a licensed contractor. We hope to keep any disruption to local people to a minimum."