Lichfield’s old police station to be demolished
Work to demolish Lichfield’s former police station on Frog Lane is set to start next week.
The three-floor red brick and concrete building that has stood on the site for more than 50 years will start to be pulled down on (or just after) Wednesday 4 March 2020, to make way for the redevelopment of this key city centre site.
The work is part of Lichfield District Council’s project to improve the Birmingham Road area while plans for the long-term redevelopment of the area are shaped through the city centre master planning process.
The council’s contractor, The Coleman Group, has already removed the internal furnishings and hazardous material from the old police station to prepare for the building to come down.
They will be using 40 ton demolition machines to take the building apart, and will separate the resulting material, including metal, timber and hardcore, so it can be sent off to be recycled.
The building will be sprayed with water while it is being demolished to reduce the amount of dust produced.
Nearby residents have been informed about the works, which will not affect access to Frog Lane. It is expected to take around two weeks for the structure to come down.
Councillor Iain Eadie, Cabinet Member for Investment, Economic Growth & Tourism, said:
“This is a big step forward in our programme of work to improve the Birmingham Road site. We will be pleased to see this derelict building come down so we can start work on the replacement car park and landscaping of the area. Demolishing the building is also a significant step in preparing the area for our future regeneration plans.”
The Birmingham Road site improvement project is well underway with work also taking place to improve Lichfield bus station and create extra coach parking.
The works will make the area safer, more useful and attractive, and provide a better route into the city from the train and bus stations. The project is expected to be completed in the spring.