Quantum has started demolition work on Quantock House, the derelict 1960s office block in Taunton’s town centre.
The 8 storey building previously housed Government departments including the Valuation Office and DEFRA before falling vacant several years ago.
Kate Greatrix, Head of Community Engagement at Quantum said:
“Many people have told us that they would like to see the building being demolished in one go, but unfortunately this is not possible due to its location and neighbouring properties. Therefore, the building will be brought down floor by floor.
We scheduled this work so that it would have little impact as possible on our local residents and neighbours during the summer months, and also wanted to ensure that it didn’t impact the Christmas trade which is critical to the businesses of Taunton”.
Quantum will start work on a retirement community on the site in the New Year.