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I can see... the sea! Imax demolition reveals new views of Bournemouth pier
THE once imposing front section of the Imax is no more.
Around a third of the whole structure has now gone and the sea views from Bath Road continue to expand as the building disappears from view.
Council contractors are working front to back tearing down the controversial former 3-D cinema and are on time to have it flattened by the end of the month, before the new public performance space is prepared for use this summer.
Sarah May, Bournemouth Borough Council’s Project Manager, said: “The demolition phase of the project is progressing as planned, with the methodical deconstruction of the building continuing from the front elevation backwards.”
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Chris Seymour, project manager for contractors Interserve, said a protective mat is being hung next to the site fencing to protect the promenade.
“Due to the complexity and the proximity of the pier approach area a crane hoisted mat has been erected to protect the perimeter of the site during demolition to both north and south elevations,” he said.
“The specially designed mat is constructed from re-used conveyor belts mechanically fixed together to act as a physical barrier whilst demolition works are carried out.”
The building is disappearing from the view of hotel rooms around the Lower Gardens.
Christian Lohez, bar manager at the 1812 bar and restaurant said guests at the adjoining Royal Exeter Hotel on Exeter Road have been discussing the building.
He said: “Every day I walk past it coming over from Boscombe and I used to love that sea view coming down over the hill.
“We’ve had guests mentioning it and I think the majority of people are glad to see it’s going.
“They either say ‘thank god it’s going’ or ‘what a waste of money’.”