Going, going, gone!

Residents and staff at Braemar Lodge in Salisbury donned hard hats and hi-vis jackets for a first-hand view of the building next door being demolished.

Behind a safety barrier but in close proximity to the operations, they watched as teams with diggers and other heavy machinery began to break the old structure down into rubble.

The demolition and clearance of the long-vacant Stratford Court, a former charity-run care home, will mean we can proceed with plans to replace it and build our 22nd home.

Once that is open in summer 2022, Braemar Lodge residents will be able to live in it while Braemar itself undergoes a full refurbishment.

Among those watching the demolition were residents Dora Williams, Betty Winter and Dennis Johnson.

“It was all very good fun,” said Dennis afterwards. “I am surprised how quietly it has been done.” Likewise, Dora said: “I am astonished about the amount of work they have achieved in a short amount of time. I’m very interested in building work as my father was an architect.” Betty said: “I can’t wait to see the new building progress. It will look amazing when it’s finished.”

The demolition has been carried out by our contractor Comley Demolition, ahead of the start of building work by Colten Developments.

Mark Aitchison, Colten Group Chief Executive, said: “We aim to build a new state-of-the-art care home with 50 beds to support the Salisbury community. Along with Braemar Lodge, it will deliver outstanding care with facilities second to none. This is a major investment by us in Salisbury, that will ultimately create new jobs and business for the city.”

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