Demolition Day looms for doomed old hotel

THE demolition of Buxton’s historic Haddon Hall Hotel is to start on Monday.

The London Road building has been unoccupied for several years but its condition has deteriorated rapidly after being ravaged by fire in February last year. At that time, fire crews had to make a bell tower at the top of the building safe before they could hose it down.

Since then, the landmark building has become more and more damaged as a result of being open to the weather.

Just two weeks ago, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service were called in to demolish a section of wall at the top of the former hotel, which was swaying in high winds.

The owners of the building had already notified High Peak Borough Council of their intention to demolish it completely and work had been due to start on March 14. However, demolition is now expected to begin on Monday when a large mechanical device will be used to clear the site, starting at the rear and working towards London Road, which may need to be closed while the front elevation is torn down.

The demolition is expected to take eight weeks.

The once magnificent building has been used for a variety of purposes over the years. It was operated as the Haddon Hall Hotel until 1995 and was later converted into flats. However, the flats were closed down in June 1999 by Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service on safety grounds.