18:04 Tuesday 10 December 2013

In pictures: The demolition of the Punch Bowl

Written bySARAH BOULD

LITTLE remains of a once thriving pub in Stapenhill which is being knocked down to make way for a care home.

The Punch Bowl in Main Street is currently under demolition and bulldozers have already tore half of the building down.

The pub, which has been taken over by new owners just last year, was sold by its former owner Punch Taverns which decided it was ‘no longer viable’.

A two-storey, 42-bed nursing home will now be built on the site in Main Street after the plans were given the nod by East Staffordshire Borough Council.

Trade had declined by 50 per cent from 2005 by 2012 and with four pubs within 100 yards of each other in the area, Punch decided to sell.

Our pictures show the progression of the demolition, with the pub now barley resembling a shell of what it used to be.

In September the empty pub was trashed by vandals.

The care home plans were submitted by Bi Design Architecture Ltd, based in Repton.

The company said that it felt the building casted an unwanted cloud over the adjacent public spaces, and the demand for quality purpose built care homes was on the up.

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