DEMOLITION work on Carlisle’s derelict former Central Plaza Hotel will start on Monday.

Roads around Victoria Viaduct have been closed since last month - causing a headache for businesses and motorists - after fresh safety concerns about the stability of the building emerged.

Work to bring the eyesore building down is expected to take between three and four months.

Details of the project were outlined to councillors by Carlisle City Council leader John Mallinson last night.

In a statement read to a full council meeting, he said: “The engineer recommended that we should begin planning for complete demolition.

“The engineer’s full report has now been received and the final enabling works are underway.”

Penetrating ground radar inspections have also been carried out for West Walls, including a three-point cloud survey - a way to collect extremely accurate data about on-site conditions - for West Walls and the Medieval Vaults.

“This is likely to take between three and four months but will be completed as quickly and safely as possible,” continued Mr Mallinson.

“Contractors will continue to work over the Christmas period.”

The total cost of demolition works is £1.35m. That includes the enabling works and professional fees.

Local contractors and engineers have been employed to undertake the work.

The Grade II listed building currently has no owners - it is in escheat but rests with the Crown Estate.

The council continues to ensure that the site is secure and 24-hour security is in place, which includes CCTV cameras.

Mr Mallinson added: “In the interest of public safety road closures were put in place and these will continue to remain in place.”

Closures were put in place by Cumbria County Council’s highways team. Anyone with enquires regarding the diversions is urged to call its Highway’s Hotline on 0300 303 2992 or email

The city council is working with businesses directly affected, setting up a hotline to enable those affected to have direct access to a support team. The number for the hotline is 01228 817444 or email