SU1484 : Mechanics' Institution, Emlyn Square, Swindon

taken 9 years ago, near to Swindon, Great Britain

Mechanics' Institution, Emlyn Square, Swindon
Mechanics' Institution, Emlyn Square, Swindon
Things haven't improved since I took this one Link in fact they've got worse. This is an extract from a Council press release of September 2010:

'The roof of the historic Mechanics’ Institute is so close to collapse that Swindon Borough Council is to dismantle it next week.

Work to remove the roof over the main Northern part of the Grade II* listed building will begin on Monday, 13 September [2010]. All the roads around it will be closed for three weeks, with diversions in place for all traffic, including buses. Significant delays and disruption are expected.

The operation will be carried out from above using mobile cranes and platforms, as the roof is too unstable to allow workers underneath it. This means that it cannot be propped up from within the building, and engineers and structural experts have concluded that the only option is to dismantle the roof before it falls in.

Laser monitoring equipment set up since the council took control of the privately-owned building in July has revealed that even in that short period, the roof has moved significantly.'

The truck at the left is unloading a large metal container. Cranes are in place and the work has commenced.

The building is one of only a few historic buildings in the town and, I suppose, warrants preservation for that reason alone. It is listed Grade II* LinkExternal link
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Tuesday, 21 September, 2010   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 21 September, 2010
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Buildings > Building (derelict)   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 145 847 [100m precision]
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 145 847
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