8 weeks into the construction of the multi-million pound redevelopment, the demolition of the Octagon's town centre building has begun.
After weeks of removing interior fixtures and erecting scaffolding around the building, developers Wilmott Dixon have now entered the demolition stage of the ongoing works.
“It is fascinating to be able to see the progression of the project as it happens. We’ve been planning the redevelopment for several years and it’s very exciting to see our plans come to life. Demolition of certain sections of the building will allow us to rebuild a much improved theatre – with more space for community groups and young people, better disabled access throughout and provide an improved visitor experience. The redevelopment will allow the Octagon to be a centre of artistic excellence for the people of Bolton and beyond for many years to come and we can’t wait to welcome audiences when we reopen in early 2020.”
Roddy Gauld, Chief Executive
Photos by Bolton Documentary Photography illustrate the building as it stood last week before demolition
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Latest CGI image of the completed building: