Revision to post-demolition works at old Futurist site

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

In agreement with Scarborough Borough Council, Willmott Dixon, the contractor that worked on the demolition of Scarborough’s Futurist theatre, will be revising its post-demolition method to reinforce the cliff at the rear of the site.

With the old theatre being demolished earlier this year, the original plan was for the existing cliff, which runs from King Street at the top to Foreshore Road at sea level, to be reinforced by a concrete wall along the full width of the site. However to provide additional stability, an alternative construction method of steel sheet pile walls will be used, which will be installed along the width of the site and then further strengthened by perpendicular concrete walls at the north and south ends of the site.

The steel sheet pile walls will be finished with a brick face and sandstone render, which will match the finish of the originally planned concrete wall, so visually, there will be no difference in the final appearance. The same finish will also be applied to the perpendicular walls.

The alternative method will not have any impact on the overall budget for the demolition and reinforcement project. The work to install the steel sheet pile walls will take place in the last two full weeks before Christmas, starting on Monday 10 December.

Willmott Dixon is advising neighbouring residents and businesses to expect some intermittent noise during the installation process, which has been approved by the council’s Environmental Health team in terms of expected noise levels.

Russ Parks, Willmott Dixon Site Manager, said:

"While the revised method is expected to generate more noise than the original method, we will endeavour to keep it to a minimum. We ask our neighbours to bear with us while we undertake what is a very important step in ensuring the cliff is robustly reinforced and we thank them in advance for their understanding."

Cllr Mike Cockerill, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Major Projects said:

"We welcome Willmott Dixon’s alternative plan to secure the integrity of the site without compromising the finished appearance and the project’s budget."

It is expected that the overall project to ensure the site is left in a cleared, reinforced and finished state, ready to accommodate future development, will be completed by the end of March 2019.