Futurist could take a year to demolish

Words and photo by Dave Barry

It could take as long as a year to demolish the Futurist Theatre.

Work has begun to prepare the site.

A bus-stop in front of the old theatre has been moved to create a site entrance.

The southern end of King Street, the lower section of Blands Cliff and the long flight of steps down one side of the building will be closed to the public.

Cllr Janet Jefferson, who was at the forefront of the campaign to save the Futurist, says: “Before demolition, contractors have to install more than 1,200 cubic metres of concrete within the building and remove around 3,500 cubic metres of excess ground weight to the upper terraces”.

This is part of the process to stabilise the land between King Street and Foreshore Road. The town hall stands at the top. Many people are afraid of subsidence if the land isn’t stabilised. 

Demolition is due to commence around March. 

The contractors, Willmott Dixon, say they will work from around 8am to 6pm on weekdays and occasionally on Saturdays until about 1pm.

The firm says it will “engage positively” with immediate neighbours.

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Information can also be found at scarborough.gov.uk/futuristdemolition.