Thursday, June 10, 2010

Royal Derwent Hospital Wards - Demolition Eminent?

These photographs of of some of the wards at the former Royal Derwent Hospital.  The land that all the former wards occupy is proposed to be redeveloped and many of the 1950-60s wards will be demolished to make way for the new development.

Ward 7 and the Ha-Ha pit were the first buildings to demolished just days after the heritage status of the buildings were overturned in a tribunal hearing.

 Rocks and Earth piled up beside the former Hospital Wards

The other wards have remained, but tiles from the roofs on many of the buildings have been partly removed, cleaned up of the strewn objects inside of them and spray painted numbers on each of the wards showing their location.  On the opposite side of the road that divides the western Wards, a large housing complex is being designed and built, and the encroachment is getting ever closer to the former hospital buildings.
Tiles have been removed from many of the buildings

One can assume that it will be only a matter of time before the buildings will see the same fate as Ward 7, but it's a guessing game as to when they will come tumbling down.

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