Demolition well underway on Wallasey town hall annexes

14 March 2024
aerial view of Wallasey town hall South Annexe being demolished, showing around half the building removed
Photo courtesy of J. Freeley

New images show how work is well underway on the demolition of two former office buildings either side of Wallasey town hall.

Appointed by Wirral Council, the contractor J. Freeley is demolishing first the South and then the North Annexes in Brighton Street as part of regeneration proposals for the area. 

The site hoarding and footpath diversions had already been installed, and both buildings have been stripped internally ahead of the phased demolition.

With a view to minimising disruption the demolition, in the main, will be carried out using high reach excavators. For part of the North Annexe, which is closer to residential properties, J. Freeley will undertake careful floor by floor demolition.

Leader of Wirral Council, Cllr Paul Stuart, said: 

This demolition work is another sign of the very real progress we’re making with our ambitious regeneration programme. Our masterplan for the Seacombe corridor is moving forward and is part of a much broader strategy stretching the length of the borough to bring real improvements and opportunities for the people of Wirral. 

Our regeneration will bring not just new buildings and infrastructure but help deliver economic growth, new homes, jobs and greater prosperity – and we are already seeing the early fruits of this, with much more set to come in the next few years.

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South Annexe of Wallasey town hall, February 2024, prior to demolition of the structure
The South Annexe prior to demolition starting

As part of the project, J. Freeley has committed to supporting the local community. Donations have been made to charities including Mid Wirral Crime Prevention Panel’s Friday Night Football, homeless charity Wirral Ark, and Wirral’s Homeless Angels, a community group supplying home cooked meals and support.

Michael Freeley, Director at J. Freeley, said: 

This is a vital project for the local area which will release the land for redevelopment. Following the successful strip-out of both buildings, we are on track to complete the works by June helping the council to kickstart its masterplan to regenerate Seacombe.

With demolition now underway, we are doing everything we can to minimise any potential impact on the surrounding properties and roads. Noise, dust and vibration will be reduced as much as possible and levels continually monitored.

virew of site for former South Annexe towards Wallasey town hall

The demolition of the former office buildings, which have been vacant since 2020, has been funded by the Government’s Brownfield Land Release fund.

Wirral Council’s regeneration proposals for the area form part of the Wallasey Town Hall Quarter Masterplan which went out to public consultation in late 2023. 

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