The demolition date of the vacant shops at the Royal Arcade site has been agreed between Cheshire East Council and its developer Peveril Securities Ltd, leading the way for the site to be clear by May 2021.
The demolition works, which will begin this month, will see the final services disconnected and asbestos removed ahead of machinery arriving on-site, ready for the site’s demolition.
Councillor Nick Mannion cabinet member for environment and regeneration, said: “The current Royal Arcade site has been deteriorating for years and its removal makes way for Crewe’s new offer which includes a cinema, leisure and retail opportunities (subject to contracts and planning permission). The sites removal will also save the council maintenance costs.
“We recognise the concerns about the clock tower and have worked hard to ensure that the clock faces and mechanism will be relocated to the Crewe Heritage Centre initially to be stored for potential reuse in the future.
“There will also be hoardings around the site, designed to keep people safe while the demolition takes place, which will feature designs, imagery and information. This is good news for Crewe.”
The developer, Peveril Securities Ltd is managing the demolition works directly and will be updating their Royal Arcade website with additional information and visuals in line with new Crewe town brand over the coming weeks. The updates will be available on the Royal Arcade website.