Wrecking crews have started demolishing a former Sleaford care home to make way for a new council housing scheme.
Over the past five weeks Lindum BMS has been carefully removing asbestos from the Bonner House site on Mareham Lane in readiness for the demolition this week, followed by construction of the access road ready for building in the new year.
A small corner of the front of the building was torn away by the excavator this morning (Monday) but the rest will not go until Thursday once the final stripping out of the interior is completed.
North Kesteven District Council is building 26 new houses on the site in one of the first phases of a £46m programme to deliver at least 300 new social housing units over the next decade. There will be 13 two-bed houses, seven two-bed bungalows and six one-bed flats. All bungalows and ground-floor flats will be equipped to be fully-accessible for tenants aged over 60 or who have specific medical needs. All properties will be built to exceed current building regulations in terms of performance and insulation to keep costs down.
The care home was closed two years ago by the county council which planned to provide the care in more modern, privately-run facilties within the district.