Sea Road toilet block being demolished ahead of new 'state-of-the-art' building construction

-Credit: (Image: Donna Clifford/Grimsby Live)
-Credit: (Image: Donna Clifford/Grimsby Live)

The demolition of the toilets in Cleethorpes is underway ahead of the construction of the new Sea Road building.

On Tuesday, workers could be seen on site operating machinery to demolish the building that housed the public toilets, which closed to the public for the final time last month.

It comes ahead of the construction of the new, state-of-the-art three-storey building at the former Waves site, which is thought to include public amenities and changing facilities, along with commercially lettable space across all floors.


Planning permission for the scheme was granted in 2020 but was subsequently delayed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Councillor Philip Jackson, Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “This iconic building takes us forward in the council’s ambition to develop a year-round destination. Its appeal as a distinctive landmark will draw visitors and locals who seek a place to meet and socialise.

Works are underway -Credit:Donna Clifford/Grimsby Live
Works are underway -Credit:Donna Clifford/Grimsby Live

"It will form an important part of the town’s strategy to unlock private sector investment, creating a safe and flexible multifunctional space, that serves both residents and visitors. It will be an important social and cultural destination, which local people can be proud of.”

He added: “This well-designed building will allow us the opportunity to expand the promenade offering by redeveloping a prominent site in the heart of the resort, encouraging even more people into the area.

"It will bring significant regeneration benefits, representing a substantial investment into the town, with the ability to create a number of new employment opportunities.”

An artists' impression of the new building on Sea Road -Credit:North East Lincolnshire Council
An artists' impression of the new building on Sea Road -Credit:North East Lincolnshire Council

A spokesperson for North East Lincolnshire Council said: "The toilets at Sea Road were closed in early June after close liaison with utility companies and contractors. Since they were closed, hoardings have been erected around the site, and the toilet block has been decommissioned and asbestos removed ahead of the demolition work starting.

"The demolition will take approximately three weeks, and involve machinery on site taking down the building bit by bit, with the rubble being retained on site for use as hardcore in the foundations for the main Sea Road building.

"Additional temporary toilet provision has been brought into the resort for the summer, sited in Pier Gardens, near the existing toilet block on Sea Road, and the toilets at Grant Street have been reopened, and will remain open, while the works at the Sea Road site are on the ground.

"Once the main building is complete and opened, it will contain new public facilities, which will include a Changing Places facility."

Completion of the new building is expected by summer 2025.