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Last modified: 29 Jul 2020 10:33am

Council Grant Millar and Group Manager Property Douglas Marshall stand in front of the Chinese takeaway building in hard hats, hi-vis vests and goggles, holding sledgehammers

Work will begin next week on the demolition of the Lincoln Chinese Takeaway building on Gerald Street.

The building at 5 Gerald Street is being removed as the first step in opening up the retail area and transforming the street appeal for the Lincoln Town Centre upgrade. The work was due to take place at the end of March, but had to be delayed due to the Alert Level 4 lockdown.

Work to prepare the building for demolition is due to begin on Thursday 25 June is expected to be completed by Friday 7 August. The demolition will also allow further developments in this area to occur more easily during the Lincoln Town Centre upgrade, which is scheduled to start in 2023, and allow any developments to remain in keeping with the rest of the town centre design.

A traffic management plan will be in place for the duration of the demolition works. Car parks directly in front of the building will also be closed during the work for safety reasons and for use by the contractors. Pedestrian access to the adjacent businesses will be maintained.

A specialist team will safely remove asbestos from the building during July before the demolition itself starts on 27 July. New Zealand has strict laws for safe removal and this team will be working to the Worksafe New Zealand Code of Practice for the management and removal of asbestos and a site specific safety plan.