The partial demolition of the Royal Albion Hotel, which was hit by fire on 15 July, will continue this week.
The structure's instability has made it challenging to assess how long the demolition will take. Contractors must also contend with frequent collapses and variable weather conditions while trying to preserve as much of the building as possible.
Public safety is the main priority, with hoardings being placed around the Southern Boundary to help ensure the site is kept safe and secure.
A259 reopens this Thursday
The Westbound carriageway of the A259 will reopen this evening (3 August), which will help ease traffic congestion in the city centre.
Unfortunately, the Eastbound lane will remain closed for several weeks. We will continue to provide regular updates to ensure the public and local businesses are kept informed of any changes to the situation.
‘Making the hotel site safe and secure’
Council leader Bella Sankey said: "I want to thank people for their patience while we work hard to make the Royal Albion Hotel site safe and secure.
“I know this terrible fire at the hotel has affected many people, from neighbouring residents to local businesses and those travelling around our city.
"I'm pleased that we're able to reopen the westbound carriageway of the A259 this week, which will help ease congestion in the city.
‘Demolition an extremely difficult operation’
"I've seen first-hand how this demolition is an extremely difficult operation in tough conditions, and the team at the site are working very hard to get the job done safely."