This weekend will see the next phase of works being carried out at The Majestic in Leeds city centre, following the devastating fire that took place at the end of September.
The roof removal is due to start at midnight on Saturday November 29 and Wellington Street will be closed for the duration of the works which are scheduled for completion by 6am on Tuesday December 2, at which time Wellington Street will re-open.
The owners of the building, Rushbond, have been working closely with Leeds City Council and other relevant organisations on a traffic diversion plan for the area during this period. The roof removal works follow on from the scaffolding support work carried out earlier this month. Following the roof removal, the next phase will involve the installation of a new temporary roof, planned for early in the new year.
Mark Finch of Rushbond said: “The roof has been very badly damaged, as can be so readily seen, and needs to be removed as soon as possible before the bad winter weather takes hold. It is important that these works are carried out without delay. The team have been working closely with Leeds City Council to devise a traffic management plan to cater for an intense and concentrated approach to these roof removal works, along with debris removal, in order to minimise disruption to the road network during this time and allow for crane and related access. This will see Wellington Street closed to traffic through this short period.
“In particular, the works have been programmed to avoid a busy Saturday daytime, to aim to limit the potential disruption. Drivers are encouraged to avoid using this area during this time, with Aire Street being limited to buses, taxis and essential train station users. We thank people in advance for bearing with us whilst this important work is carried out.”
Coun Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for transport and the economy, said: “This essential work needs to be done urgently to protect the safety of the building’s structure and so unfortunately cannot wait till after the Christmas shopping period. Clearly it will cause significant disruption to traffic but this is unavoidable as we have to help enable the owners to complete the complex and challenging dismantling of the roof as safely as is possible. We are providing a safe cordon to avoid the risk of pieces of the structure dropping on people or vehicles during the removal work.
“Inevitably this will lead to delays around the city centre as traffic along Wellington Street is diverted. We have to accept such major work is going to cause considerable inconvenience and apologise for that. However, we have worked with the building’s owners to ensure this is restricted to the least busy periods and ask people travelling through to allow extra time for journeys.”
The work is being carried out by Leeds-based building contractors Wetheralds, working in conjunction with civil and structural engineers BSCP.