Demolition nears for Ducie Bridge
Demolition of the pub is set to begin in the coming weeks to clear the site for a 200,000 sq ft speculative office as part of the wider NOMA estate.
Clearance of the pub will signal the start of construction at 4 Angel Square, due to be developed by site owner MEPC and designed by architect SimpsonHaugh
According to planning documents, the demolition is set to begin on 18 November and will run until 10 January next year. Forshaw Demolition will carry out the works.
Three adjoining buildings – two three-storey shops and a four-storey warehouse, all of which are vacant – will also be demolished.
The pub, built in the late 1800s, has been closed since 2015 and is not listed as an asset of community value.
Demolition of the pub was first signalled more than two years ago with the Ducie Bridge due to be knocked down in late 2017. However, these plans were put on hold following a change of ownership of the site; the Co-op sold its stake in the NOMA joint venture to Hermes Investment Management in December that year.
Surveys have showed the pub to be “highly unsafe” with problems including asbestos. Around 30 squatters were evicted following a court order in September 2017.
4 Angel Square will be the first of several offices to be built out around the former site of the pub. The floorplates will be just over 19,000 sq ft across nine floors, with the upper floor standing at 16,450 sq ft, along with a 3,000 sq ft roof terrace.
Around 7,300 sq ft on the ground floor is set aside for a food & beverage unit, while a 32,000 sq ft basement will include plant and 57 car parking spaces, along with 212 cycle spaces. A main contractor appointment is expected in March 2020.
The office will be followed by two further commercial developments, 2 and 3 Angel Square; totalling 400,000 sq ft, plans were submitted for these in October this year.