Progress made in the demolition of iconic Bentalls in Bracknell


The demolition of the popular Bentalls building in downtown Bracknell is progressing.

The photos show that large parts of the building have been reduced to rubble.

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Rob Francis, a Bracknell resident who is monitoring the situation, had criticized the demolition authorities for the delay.

The photos above were taken by him on Thursday July 8th. Similar images shared on We Love Bracknell’s Facebook page were posted the next day.

A few days earlier, on Monday July 5, the majority of the building was still standing.

Here’s what the building looked like a few days earlier, Monday July 5. Credit: Rob Francis

Bentalls was due to be demolished at the end of May so that it could be replaced by The Deck, a multi-million pound downtown development.

Work was due to start on the construction of The Deck last month, but the delay in demolition has put construction on hold.

The Deck will be part of The Lexicon, which is a key player in the project. Rob Morris, managing director of The Lexicon, blamed “technical problems” with the building’s structure for the delay in demolition.

Mr Morris added that the demolition would be completed “by the end of the summer,” but did not provide a specific date or more specific time at which the Local Democracy Reporting Service requested one.

The demolition of Bentalls was approved in February. Bentalls served as a department store in the city until it closed in September 2017.

Many people have shared their memories of shopping or working at the department store on We Love Bracknell.

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It is replaced by The Deck project, led by the Bracknell Regeneration Partnership, a joint venture between Legal and General and Schroder UK Real Estate Fund.

The Botanist bar & kitchen and Hollywood Bowl have already signed up to move into The Deck once it’s completed.

Hollywood Bowl currently has a home at The Point. However, The Point and The Peel Center may be leveled in the future to make way for 900 homes.

The possible demolition of The Point for redevelopment was part of the Bracknell Emerging Forest local plan, which was submitted in May of this year.


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