Demolition of B&Q Store

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Total Demolition has started the demolition works on a former hardware store as plans to regenerate the South Bank of the River Nene move into full swing.

Bulldozers set about tearing down the old B&Q store in East Station Road yesterday. The site is being cleared to make way for the South Bank Project comprising of developments of the Fletton Quays, Peterborough United’s London Road stadium and also the £150 million Carbon Challenge Project.

After knocking down the B&Q store, Total Demolition Services will then move on to 7 to 23 London Road, to demolish the empty block of shops and the former Metro nightclub. Council chiefs were unable to comment on the timescale of the development, but previous estimates indicated that the B&Q demolition would take a number of weeks.

Demolition of B and Q

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The whole site will be developed in different stages, which is expected to take several years to complete. The demolition is part of Peterborough City Council’s vision to rejuvenate the South Bank for housing development, with the potential for university, restaurant and cultural facilities as well as further links across the River Nene.

Richard Hodgson, the council’s head of strategic projects, said previously that the demolition would bring those plans nearer as well as clearing space for the ongoing revamp of the Posh stadium.
Mr Hodgson said: The face of this area will dramatically change, with lots of landmark buildings being demolished, and it will kickstart the development in that area of the city. The original plans three or four years ago were about a possible residential development overlooking the river area and some leisure area and cafes.

The empty land created in East Station Road would be used as temporary parking for Posh matches. Further temporary parking will also be created on the empty London Road site once the shops have been demolished. This will be used to replace the parking which will be lost when contractors move to demolish the Moy’s End of Peterborough United’s stadium.

Planning permission for the £150 million Carbon Challenge eco-village has already been granted and will see 295 zero-carbon homes built on land between the river and the Posh ground, as well as a new food store.

John Bridge, chief executive of Peterborough’s Chamber of Commerce, said all of the plans are exciting for the city. He also said it is important city residents to see work beginning to take shape. Mr Bridge said: People want to see these things practically happening, rather than plans on bits of paper and now there are many things starting to happen in the city and investments made in Peterborough. This will make the city grow and show it is open for investment.

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Total Demolition has started the demolition works on a former hardware store as plans to regenerate the South Bank of the River Nene move into full swing. After knocking down the B&Q store.

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