Former Liverpool cinema could finally be demolished after asbestos delays

Former Liverpool cinema could finally be demolished after asbestos delays

A Former Liverpool cinema could finally be demolished after asbestos delays meant that it has been sitting in a dilapidated state for months on end.

The site is the former Coconut Grove and Carlton cinema in the Tuebrook area of Liverpool, and has caused controversy between locals who say it’s an eyesore.

Liverpool city council have been asked to approve an application to demolish the former cinema and nightclub.

Redevelopment of the site was supposed to begin earlier this year, but it was revealed in April that the demolition works would be delayed because of asbestos being discovered on site.

The Carlton Cinema opened in 1932 and was one of the most popular cinemas in Liverpool for people to flock to.

But sadly, by the 1950s, it became a lot less popular with cinema goers and the once stylish cafe and Christie organ were no more and opening hours were reduced.

In 1962 it became the ABC cinema, but it closed down within a few years, and following some construction work it opened again in the early 1970s as a nightclub known as Coconut grove.

Sadly though, it finally closed to the public in 1982 and has been closed ever since.

Former Liverpool cinema could finally be demolished after asbestos delays - carlton cinema

Accompanying letter sent with demolition application

Project Managers of the site, Bilt Group, have sent an accompanying letter with the demolition application which states that approval of the application “will allow the applicant to clear the site in advance of planning permission being granted for its redevelopment”.

In this letter, the group also explains and details the demolition process step by step – they would start with removing all the asbestos containing materials from the building itself. Once this was done, they would then begin to demolish the building from the rear car park to the front.

Bilt Group say in the letter that the work should take a minimum of 12 weeks.


Source of article:- by Liam Murphy


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