Former Coal Board HQ bites the dust

Doncaster Council House demolition starts.
Doncaster Council House demolition starts.
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The demolition of Doncaster’s abandoned Council House has got underway.

Diggers and workmen have started tearing down the 1960s tower block which was made redundant by the opening of the new Civic Office last year.

The knocking down of the original Coal House on College Road will pave the way for the next stage of the town’s £300 million Civic and Cultural Quarter.

The empty Civic Theatre and Scarbrough House in Chequer Road will also be torn down by specialist demolition contractor DSR Demolition, while the architecturally significant central frontage of the nearby Doncaster Girls’ High School will be retained.

Fencing is already up around the buildings with internal strip-out work underway and demolition set to follow in coming months.

The programme is part of the council’s plan to reduce its 461 buildings, which cost £12 million a year to run, by 70 per cent.

Mayor Ros Jones said: “The Civic and Cultural Quarter and its range of top quality developments have made a remarkable difference to an area that was previously in decline. The new urban landscape and skyline have breathed a new lease of life into the area and this major regeneration scheme is acting as catalyst for new investment, jobs and growth.”