The scheduled demolition of Conolly Wing began on 18 September and progressed rapidly throughout the week.
Although it was business-as-usual at Ashburn in terms of patient services, many staff and patients took the opportunity to have a ‘birds-eye’ view from the upper levels of the hospital. It was a surprisingly quiet process, safely cordoned off by the painted hoardings.
Although the demolition marks significant progress in the Ashburn Capital Building Programme, it also was a poignant moment as the old building holds special memories for staff who cared for inpatients there (some of whom are still working at Ashburn).
The rebuilding is due to begin by the end of October.