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Thursday, April 26, 2012
Work to demolish a Norwich house which dramatically subsided over the Christmas period in 2010 has finally been completed.
The terraced house, in Finkelgate, has now been knocked down and the exposed wall to the previously adjoining house has been left exposed.
Work is expected to be completed totally within 10 days, once cladding of the new outer wall is completed, when the site will be boarded up.
The unusual situation began to unravel 16 months ago after cracks appeared in the house at number 16 on Christmas Eve.
There were initial fears the house could collapse because of its severe subsidence and scaffolding was later erected to stabilise it.
Norwich City Council eventually gave permission for the house to be demolished and that work has now been completed.
Peter French, director of construction consultants Canham Consulting, said he took a call about the building subsidence on Christmas Day.
“The movement was dramatically reduced and substantial scaffolding to replace the temporary support was introduced,” Mr french said.
“In the following days we started an investigation to determine the cause of what turned out to be a 30cm drop.
“We had a geological feature and a burst water main underground which led to the movement. This was in the chalk below the ground, which rarely gives problems.”
Finkelgate, which connects Queens Road with Ber Street, is still only open in one direction and the full re-opening of the road will be in the hands of the city council and the Highways Agency once the site has been boarded up.
The site will not be totally unusable however. Mr French added: “We believe the owner will look to sell the plot and it’s fairly obvious that it could be to the adjoining owner or the school (Notre Dame High School).”
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