The next major stage in the re-development of the old Palace Theatre site in Bath’s historic Saw Close got underway today – Thursday, February 11th, 2016, with the start of the careful demolition of the old building which has changed names – and hands – many times during a long and varied career.
The building itself has been extensively modified and – in parts – rebuilt in its transformation from music hall to dance room and then finally to a bingo hall.
Once the demolition work has been completed – probably in late April – contractors will move in to start building a complex that will include a casino, hotel and several restaurants – giving a whole new look to this corner of a historic site that lay just inside the old city wall.
The Virtual Museum was on hand this morning to see work begin.
It’s going to be a slow and very careful demolition to ensure there is no major collapse which might affect parts of the structure that will be incorporated into the new build.
Back again today – Friday, February 12th to check on progress. Changed my mind about this pinching machine. It’s more like a giant vulture cleaning the concrete flesh off old metal girder bones!