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New report finds Tramway Terrace can be repaired

Wed, 08 Nov 2023

Work is due to take place on Tramway Terrace in Douglas after a new report found that the historic properties can be repaired.

A tender exercise was launched last month to identify firms able to partially demolish the buildings after an independent report flagged ‘immediate safety concerns’.

While this process was taking place, and due to the buildings’ registered status, an accredited conservation engineer was appointed to inspect the properties and provide their opinion.

The report by Mann Williams Consulting Civil and Structural Engineers has now concluded that, while there are some localised areas requiring urgent work, the building is ‘repairable’.

Following the findings, and actions taken to make the building safe in the short-term, the tender exercise has been paused while options are explored to look at what should be addressed most urgently, such as water ingress.

Infrastructure Minister Tim Crookall MHK said: “We are looking at what can be done in the short and longer-term to secure the future of the buildings, so we can take the appropriate actions.

“We have been working with colleagues in the Department of the Environment, Food and Agriculture and welcome the findings of the specialist’s report. While safety concerns correctly triggered the tender process for possible demolition, the findings of the latest report mean this has now been halted to examine how we can find a positive outcome.”

Registered building consent is required from planning authorities before any demolition or alterations to a protected building can take place.


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