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Prison demolition complete - 26 July 2017

Demolition on Northallerton’s former prison is complete.

All that is left at the 3.5 acre site are the five listed buildings to be re-used in the development; the old gatehouse which will eventually come down; and a huge pile of rubble which will form the foundations of the new buildings.

Nearly all of the demolished materials are reused – bricks and tiles are sold on for new schemes, some of the stone flooring will be re-appearing at the Forbidden Corner in the Yorkshire Dales.

Hambleton District Council has kept many items from inside the prison – ironwork and gates, doors and sandstone flooring will all be incorporated in the new scheme. The authority also has part of one of the oldest doors to display – demolition men found it in the rubble, but believe it was hidden behind a false wall. It contains inscriptions from inmates in the 1800s.

“Only a very small amount of the material we get out of demolished properties is actually scrapped – we can sell on almost everything,” said demolition contractors, Bucklers of Middlesbrough.

“This was a massive job made more complicated by the thickness of the walls and the skill used in the construction of the original buildings. But I am proud to say our men completed 10,920 hours of work completely incident free.”

An archaeological survey is expected to will begin on the site in September – public opportunities will be announced shortly.

  • The District Council has formed a unique partnership with Hull based property developers, the Wykeland Group to bring the site to life - retail, leisure, education and housing are on the list of possible future uses. The two partners, who have formed a new company – the Central Northallerton Development Company – expect to announce those ideas soon. Planning permission will then be sought with work expected to start on site in 2018.

Further information

Aly Thompson (communications officer) on 01609 767063

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