Bristol Post carries a story today that the discovery of asbestos in Westmorland House has delayed demolition by a further four weeks.
CAG’s understanding is that asbestos in the building was removed years ago but rather than safely remove it from the site the workers tipped some of it in the lift shaft. While this was known locally there was no hard evidence. Consequently it would only have been confirmed by the contractors once it was safe to start excavating the lift shaft i.e. quite recently.
Just another twist for the complicated development!
Bristol 247 are also covering the issue of the asbestos and write “The developer has said the removal of asbestos could take a few weeks and has tentatively suggested demolition will proceed early September.”