Piledrivers and crane stabilise Futurist site

Words and photo by Dave Barry 

The strategy to prevent landslip where the Futurist stood has been beefed up.

The contractor which demolished the seafront theatre is now reinforcing the slope with enormous piles.

Willmott Dixon, appointed by Scarborough Council to demolish the Futurist, had originally planned to build a concrete wall along the width of the site.

To provide greater stability, an alternative construction method of a steel sheet pile wall is being used instead.

It will be further strengthened by perpendicular concrete walls at both ends.

The three walls will be finished with a brick face and sandstone render, as originally planned.

The extra work won’t cost any more, the council says. It was due to take place over two weeks in December but now looks as if it won’t be completed until some time this month.

Neighbouring residents and businesses have been told to expect intermittent noise during the work.

Site manager Russ Parks 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”.

The site will then be tidied up and handed over to the council by the end of March.

* Flamingo Land is the preferred bidder for the new site, where the company wants to build an indoor attraction with rides.