Preliminary demolition work on Gloucester’s eyesore Golden Egg building starts on Monday.
Wrecking equipment won’t be brought in for another fortnight but contractors will make a start on the inside of the one-time restaurant in the morning.
They will be stripping out fixtures and fittings as well as checking for asbestos.
The following week, beginning January 27, the link bridge between the derelict building and King’s Walk will come down.
Then on February 3 it will be the day so many have been waiting for – when the Golden Egg is finally flattened.
It helps pave the way for the long-awaited King’s Quarter development and is finally happening after being dogged by delays for years.
To help finally put the building out of its misery, we’ve been searching for two city residents to swing the first hammer along with city council leader Paul James.
And we’ve found them, in the shape of mother and son Rita and Joel Prystajeckyj-Townley, from Hucclecote.
Rita’s mum Gennarina worked in the Golden Egg in the 1970s when it was a cafe but, despite fond memories, said it’s time the building went.
“As a young girl I can remember visiting my mum there while she worked, especially during school holidays, outside the café to play in the water area and crossing the stepping stones repeatedly,” said Rita, a teaching assistant at Barnwood Primary School.
“It’s a bit sad looking now and it’s time it went really. I’m looking forward to being involved. Joel has told all his friends and they want to help now too.”
Councillor Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “This Monday will see the beginning of the demolition of the Golden Egg building in King’s Square.
“Contractors will begin work to remove the internal fixtures and fittings in preparation for the buildings removal over the next few weeks. Following the internal works, the link bridge will be demolished before finally the building is removed.
“Two residents will kick start the removal by taking out the first bricks early in February.”