Ducie Bridge pub to be demolished
The Ducie Bridge pub in Manchester’s NOMA development area is to be demolished after being found to be “highly unsafe”.
Demolition contractor Northbank is set to move in next month to knock down the building on the corner of Corporation Street, which was built in the late 1800s. The pub closed in 2015.
Three adjoining buildings – two three-storey shops and a four-storey warehouse, all of which are vacant – will also be demolished.
It is understood there are no definite plans for the plot after the demolition of the pub and its adjoining buildings, which is being carried out for health and safety reasons. Planning documents suggest the site will be used as a commercial car park following the demolition.
A spokesperson for NOMA said: “An extensive assessment revealed this building to be highly unsafe leaving us with no choice but to demolish it.”
The pub, which is not listed as an asset of community value, closed in 2015. A group of 30 squatters were ordered to leave the site by a judge in September last year after court proceedings were brought by NOMA.
The wider NOMA masterplan includes £800m of development over a 20-acre site.