Work is due to start soon on the redevelopment of the Mannin Hotel, Broadway, Douglas.
The first phase of the works is the demolition of the old building. To do this safely Manx Demolition Ltd has requested that the lower part of Broadway should be closed.
The Department of Infrastructure has agreed to close the road as, due to the lack of rear access, it is not practical to complete the work without the closure and due to the height of the six-storey building it is not safe for the public to be in this area while the work proceeds.
The closure is due to start on October 1, and extends from just below the Villa Marina entrance on Broadway, down to the Promenade. The Villa Marina entrance will remain open during the works, but there will be no access to the road below the entrance.
The demolition is due to take up to six weeks. The closure will stop vehicles and pedestrians passing the site as the demolition takes place.
Arrangements have been made to allow pedestrians through the Villa Marina gardens during the day, but after the Villa Marina closes in the evening alternative pedestrian routes will have to be found.
The demolition is a slow process, as a lot of the building has to be taken down by hand to ensure the protection of adjacent buildings.
Once the demolition is complete, the developer will start the construction phase of the works. While the road will be re-opened for this phase, it will be narrowed as there will need to be a hoarding around the site.
While the road closure is due to last six weeks, the developer hopes to get the road open sooner if possible.
The developer, Mannin Investments Ltd and the contractor, Manx Demolition Ltd, apologised for any inconvenience caused to the public.
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