Condition of Central Plaza Hotel remains 'critically dangerous'

The building has closed the Victoria Viaduct for more than four weeks Credit: ITV Border

The initial findings confirmed that the former Central Plaza Hotel is in a 'critically dangerous condition', according to Carlisle City Council.

An inspection of the building by a specialist structural engineer took place on Wednesday 30 May.

He assessed the site and is compiling a report that sets out what further work is required and how this could be undertaken.

In addition to the seven tonnes of brickwork, two chimneys also need to be removed.

There are concerns about the stability of the front of the roof.

The report is expected to be received by Monday 4 June.

No stone work has fallen, but the detailed assessment is needed to set out how to make the building safe and to remove the immediate danger. We are continuing to work in partnership with Cumbria County Council’s highways team and specialist contractors to ensure the safety of the former Central Plaza building.”

– Carlisle City Council Spokesperson