Major step forward for new Leeds hospitals with demolition almost complete
1 February 2022
The first stage of the new Leeds hospitals development – the demolition of old buildings on the Leeds General Infirmary site – is almost complete.
Contractors DSM have been on site since the beginning of 2020 preparing the former nurses home and other buildings on the main 94,000 sq metre site adjacent to Old A&E Drive ready to make way for the new hospitals.
They began demolishing the first buildings in December 2020 when excavators started taking down walls of the old nurses’ home and have continued to work throughout 2021 reducing the site to rubble.
Demolition above and below ground, which includes the removal of slabs, foundations and tunnels, is nearly complete. Only the old boiler house building remains on the site due to the complexity of asbestos removal and careful demolition and ground preparation. Work will continue until the Spring.
Demolition of old buildings on the south of the development in Portland Street/Great George Street - which once housed the Wellcome Building and the Hearing and Balance Centre – is now complete and contractors are making good the facings of the remaining buildings.
As part of the demolition, the Trust has been aiming to recycle between 95% to 99% of materials from the old buildings and the rates are currently running at 97%.
Crushed material is being moved from site and an agreed stockpile quantity retained for use for the future hospital build project.