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Going, going, nearly gone: The demolition of seafront leisure centre in pictures

PUBLISHED: 08:50 07 May 2020 | UPDATED: 12:28 07 May 2020

Machinery at work demolishing the Marina Centre at Great Yarmouth. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Machinery at work demolishing the Marina Centre at Great Yarmouth. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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The demolition of Great Yarmouth’s landmark Marina Centre has continued during lockdown.

Machinery at work demolishing the Marina Centre at Great Yarmouth. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYMachinery at work demolishing the Marina Centre at Great Yarmouth. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

With just the odd dog walker or jogger to report on its progress the predicted concerns about noise, dust and the effect on the tourism industry have crumbled to nothing, much like the building itself.

Machinery at work demolishing the Marina Centre at Great Yarmouth. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYMachinery at work demolishing the Marina Centre at Great Yarmouth. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The deserted Golden Mile is looking very different without the sprawling building, now a shell of what it once was.

Machinery at work demolishing the Marina Centre at Great Yarmouth. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYMachinery at work demolishing the Marina Centre at Great Yarmouth. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

In its place a modern new complex is set to spring up, complete with swirling flumes and uninterrupted views of the resort’s greatest asset - its wide golden sands.

Only the building front is standing as behind most of the Marina Centre at Great Yarmouth has already been demolished. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYOnly the building front is standing as behind most of the Marina Centre at Great Yarmouth has already been demolished. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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In a statement, Great Yarmouth Borough Council said: “The Government has been clear that building work can continue during this time, providing contractors follow appropriate additional health and safety measures, to help support business and the economy.

Only the building front is standing as behind most of the Marina Centre at Great Yarmouth has already been demolished. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYOnly the building front is standing as behind most of the Marina Centre at Great Yarmouth has already been demolished. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“The demolition of the Marina Centre has continued over the past weeks as we move forward with this once-in-a-generation investment for the borough.

Only the building front is standing as behind most of the Marina Centre at Great Yarmouth has already been demolished. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYOnly the building front is standing as behind most of the Marina Centre at Great Yarmouth has already been demolished. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“The contractor McFletch has advised that they are able to continue works for the time being by changing some working methods, although they continue to review and monitor the situation day to day.

Only the building front is standing as behind most of the Marina Centre at Great Yarmouth has already been demolished. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYOnly the building front is standing as behind most of the Marina Centre at Great Yarmouth has already been demolished. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“With the old building now reduced to a shell, work is focussing on folding in the external walls.

Machinery at work demolishing the Marina Centre at Great Yarmouth. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYMachinery at work demolishing the Marina Centre at Great Yarmouth. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“As the availability of hoarding boards during the lockdown period has been an issue, they are using Herras fencing for boundary safety and security.

Machinery at work demolishing the Marina Centre at Great Yarmouth. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYMachinery at work demolishing the Marina Centre at Great Yarmouth. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“Wooden hoardings will be put up when materials become available again. Meanwhile, the project team is progressing through the procurement process to appoint a main contractor this summer.”

Machinery at work demolishing the Marina Centre at Great Yarmouth. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYMachinery at work demolishing the Marina Centre at Great Yarmouth. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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