Bristol Sorting Office

By Chris Guy posted on April 12, 2019 in Urban

At the end of March I was fortunate to get a quick tour of the demolition work being carried out by Kier of Bristol’s former sorting office at Temple Meads. The structure, which has been derelict since 1997, is being demolished to make way for the new Bristol University Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus.

The building sits right next to the railway tracks and opposite platform 15 of Bristol Temple Meads station and as a result no explosives are being used in the demolition process. Instead the structure is being eaten away by two giant ‘nibblers’.

Below is a selection of the images that I took during my visit. Hopefully these give a sense of the scale of the building and site itself, which is hard to gauge until you get close up. Note, you can see how the building looked in 2017 in one of my previous blog posts.

View from the site office

View from the site office

Spray used to keep the dust down

Spray used to keep the dust down

Steels piled ready for recycling

Steels piled ready for recycling

Demolition of the Bristol Sorting Office

Demolition of the Bristol Sorting Office

One of the two ‘nibblers’ used in the demolition

One of the two ‘nibblers’ used in the demolition

Soil sampling expert on site

A soil sampling expert on site

Empty shell of the former sorting office

Empty shell of the former sorting office

Damon, the site manager

Damon, the site manager

Partial demolition of the former sorting office

Partial demolition of the former sorting office

Rubble and Rebar

Rubble and Rebar

Demolition detail

Demolition detail

The demolition site is close to railway tracks and platform 15 at Bristol Temple Meads

The demolition site is close to railway tracks and platform 15 at Bristol Temple Meads

Looking over the site towards Totterdown

Looking over the site towards Totterdown

Soon to be gone

Soon to be gone

Thank you

Thanks to the Kier Construction for providing access. All images on this page are Copyright © Chris Guy and should not be used without permission. For usage please get in touch.

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