Demolishers work on pulling down the former Coffs Harbour Base Hospital buildings in Victoria Street
Demolishers work on pulling down the former Coffs Harbour Base Hospital buildings in Victoria Street

Let the bidding begin

By BELINDA SCOTT

FOR more than 30 years the Coffs Harbour Base Hospital served its community in sickness and in health, but now it is being reduced to rubble.

Demolition work has begun on the city's old base hospital, which will 'morph' into about 200 apartments and townhouses next year.

Jonathan Warr, the development manager who is overseeing the demolition for the site's owners, said demolition was expected to continue until the end of March, with a two-week Christmas break from December 23 until January 2, 2005.

After the hospital moved to its present site in 2001, the 2.6-hectare (six acre) Jetty site was bought from NSW Health by a Sydney-based private company, Huntercorp Properties Pty Ltd, which is now beginning the redevelopment of the site.

Mr Warr said there were 11 structures, including eight major buildings, to be removed from the site.

He said some of the glass would be re-used and the bricks would also be ground down and recycled, but a lot of the building materials would go to landfill at the England Road Waste Management Facility.

The demolition contract was won by Newcastle-based firm Total Demolition, but Mr Warr said local workers were employed on the site.

He said there was some asbestos in three buildings on the site, but this was mainly lagging around pipes and some sheeting in the former maternity building.



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