Demolition begins at fire-damaged council headquarters

Demolition work has started at the former headquarters of Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire District Councils.

Excavators have moved in on-site this week to dismantle the building, which was severely damaged in an arson attack in 2015. The reception area, where the fire was started, is among the first sections to be demolished (pictured).

The contractors have been at the site, in Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford, since early July carrying out preparatory works before starting demolition. It is expected to take around three months to completely clear the site.

The contractors are salvaging as many leftover materials from the building as possible so that they can be recycled or re-used.

Demolition is being carried out with neighbouring properties in mind and we are continuing to work with the contractors to minimise disruption. The council would like to thank residents for their patience.

Residents who have any queries about the work can call Ben Coleman, the council's project manager, onĀ 01235 422158.