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Central Plaza Update

Published on 08 October 2019

Central Plaza Update

This webpage provides updates on the Central Plaza and the impact on the highway and pedestrian access.

If you have any highways enquiries, please contact Cumbria County Council’s Highways Hotline on 0300 303 2992 or email [email protected] 

Tuesday 15 October 2019:

Our priority is to ensure the Central Plaza building is safe and all possible steps are being taken to find the quickest way to do this.

A Cumbrian contractor has been appointed to undertake the enabling works. This includes installing hoardings to secure the perimeter and providing 24-hour security, sub-contracted to a local company.

A specialist demolition engineer has visited the site today (Tuesday 15 October) and alongside our consulting structural engineer and principal designer will draw together a demolition plan. He will advise on how to remove the immediate danger. 

A recent inspection of the building found the building to be at risk and action is needed to make the building safe. We have a duty to ensure that the property does not cause an immediate danger to persons in and around the building.

The listed building has no owner (the building is currently in escheat but rests with the Crown Estate). We would normally pursue the owner to deal with any danger, but this is not possible in this instance.

In the interest of public safety, road closures continue to be in place. The closures and diversions have been put in place by Cumbria County Council's highways team. If you have any highway enquiries and queries regarding the diversions, please contact Cumbria County Council Highway’s Hotline on 0300 303 2992 or email [email protected]

 

Thursday 10 October 2019:

Our priority is to ensure the Central Plaza building is safe and all possible steps are being taken to find the quickest way to do this. A specialist demolition engineer will advise on how to remove the immediate danger. We will then appoint a contractor to undertake the work. In the meantime enabling works are underway from today (Thursday 10 October) to secure the perimeter of the site. There will also be 24-hour security.
 
A recent inspection of the building by Building Control and the council’s consulting structural engineer and principal designer found the building to be at risk and action is needed to make the building safe.
 
The inspection found that the remaining roof structure is close to collapsing with the potential to disturb masonry. All the floors next to the front elevation have collapsed and the remaining timber floors are badly decayed. The vaulted ceiling to the basement has been severely damaged.
 
The listed building has no owner (the building is currently in escheat but rests with the Crown Estate). We would normally pursue the owner to deal with any danger, but this is not possible in this instance. 
 
We have a duty to ensure that the property does not cause an immediate danger to persons in and around the building.
 
In the interest of public safety, road closures are in place. The closures and diversions have been put in place by Cumbria County Council's highways team. If you have any highway enquiries and queries regarding the diversions, please contact Cumbria County Council Highway’s Hotline on 0300 303 2992 or email [email protected] 

Tuesday 8 October 2019:

Further further deterioration to the Central Plaza building a decision has been made to undertake further demolition of the unsafe structure.

A recent inspection of the building by Building Control and the council’s consulting structural engineer and principal designer found the building to be at risk and action is needed to make the building safe.

In the interest of public safety, Victoria Viaduct from its junction with James Street to its junction with Blackfriars Street is closed to both vehicles and pedestrians. Bush Brow is also closed and there is a partial closure of West Walls from its junction with Victoria Viaduct to Sallyport steps. This started at 3pm TODAY (Tuesday, 8 October 2019).

The closures have been put in place by Cumbria County Council’s highways team following advice received from the City Council’s Building Control team and the council’s consulting structural engineer and principal designer.

Motorists and pedestrians are advised to find an alternative route.

Until further assessment of the building and a plan of action are agreed, we are unable to say how long the closures will be in place, however due to the extent of the damage and the scale of work required, this is likely to be months rather than weeks. Our priority is to ensure the building is safe and all possible steps are being taken to find the quickest way to do this.As the building has no owner (the building is currently in escheat but rests with the Crown Estate). We would normally pursue the owner to deal with any danger, but this is not possible in this instance.

Under the Building Act 1984 s78 Dangerous Buildings - Emergency Measures, we have a duty to ensure that the property does not cause an immediate danger to persons in and around the building.

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