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Saint Mary's Tower Block Demolition Nears Completion

Passers-by on Hathersage Road, Manchester have been stopping in their tracks to take a look at the old Saint Mary’s Hospital building being demolished. The new Saint Mary’s Hospital opened in July 2009 and the old building is now nearly totally demolished to make way for the hospitals boulevard area and a parental accommodation building. The Saint Mary’s tower block, as it is locally known, received its first in-patients on 5th April 1970. It was officially opened in 1971 by HRH Queen Elizabeth. The building work began on 1st January 1966 following 10 years of detailed planning work. The hospital cost just over three million pounds which included equipment costs of £370,000. Peter Mount, Trust Chairman says: “The Saint Mary’s tower-block has been a landmark in Manchester for the last 40 years. We are now heading towards the final phase of our new hospitals development. Once the old Saint Mary’s Hospital has been demolished, work then continues on construction of the boulevard which will provide an impressive open area in front of all of the new hospital entrances.” Demolition of the nine-storey, 35,000 square metre building began in November and is due to complete at the end of this month. It will create 42,000 tonnes of rubble, 40,000 of which are to be used within the remaining development work and 2,000 of which will be sent for recycling. The area will also be used to build a Ronald McDonald House which will provide free accommodation to the families of children being treated at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. For details about the charity and how to support them go to: www.rmhc.org.uk.