Before and after: Gadsby’s demolished for Lincoln East-West Link road

A segment of the Lincoln city centre streetscape is looking unfamiliar after the demolition of a prominent commercial building this week.

Lincolnshire County Council’s £22 million East-West Link road is taking form, eventually tying High Street with Pelham Bridge and Canwick Road.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Demolition of a number of buildings is necessary in order to widen the junction. This includes Quantum House, 11-13 Tentercroft Street, garages, offices, two Portland Street houses, The Regency Club and four industrial units.

The listed building which previously housed Bridge McFarland and craft shop Gadsby’s, which had traded from the premises for around 65 years, has now left a noticeable gap on High Street – marking the project’s progress.

The county council was tasked with dismantling the building brick-by-brick, to then rebuild a similar building five metre back.

Progress in bringing an East West Link road to the city centre. Photo: LCC

Progress in bringing an East West Link road to the city centre. Photo: LCC

The work began in November 2014, and is expected to reach completion by the end of 2016.

Road closure

The traffic management team at the county council said: “From January 19, Tentercroft Street will be closed at the bridge over Sincil Dyke.

“Access to the Central Lincoln Industrial Estate will be via Kesteven Street and Canwick Road (adjacent Newton & Bailey). A diversion route will be signed.

“Access to Tentercroft Street carpark has been switched from the existing entrance over to the newly built access 30m further East along Tentercroft Street.”

As part of ongoing work Canwick Road and Pelham Bridge are closed overnight from 8pm until 6am until April 19.