The demolition of Sheffield’s old Castle Market site is two months behind schedule, with contractors blaming ‘safety issues’ with parts of the old structure.
The iconic market site was due to have been pulled down by November last year, but safety concerns during the removal of the high office tower block next to Waingate have led to it taking longer than expected.
A Sheffield Council spokesman said heavy reinforcement in the concrete combined with ‘technical issues’ in removing the floor spans around the tower’s perimeter have caused delays.
They added that because the tower perimeter is so close to the street, workers have had to use extra caution and implement additional safety measures.
However, council chiefs have said this demolition phase is to finish today.
City leaders hope one strand of regenerating the Castlegate area will be uncovering the remains of Sheffield Castle so they can become a visitor attraction.
Castle Market closed in November 2013 as the new £18 million Moor Market opened to shoppers.
A council spokesman said: “The site clearance work, erection of site reinstatement fencing, the party wall remedial works to adjoining properties and the removal of the traffic access bridge over the River Sheaf culvert, are expected to be finished by the end of February.
“Early in March, the painted timber site fencing will be decorated by artistic ‘feature panelling’ that will depict the historical interest of the site, formerly occupied by the Sheffield Castle.
“After the demolition, it is planned that archaeological investigation works will be undertaken on the site and the 100 metre section of the River Sheaf, flowing under the site, will be de-culverted and the site later redeveloped, including the creation of an urban park in the future.”