Watch the moment the main wall collapses in demolition of former Tokyo Jo's, Evoque and Odeon building in Preston

This is the dramatic moment the main wall of the former Tokyo Jo's, Evoque and Odeon building in Preston collapses as part of demolition work being carried out today.

Saturday, 21st May 2022, 5:15 pm
Updated Saturday, 21st May 2022, 5:54 pm

Contractors Pete Marquis have been at the Church Street site all day to remove the building after an engineering assessment ruled it beyond saving following a blaze at approximately 6.45pm on Thursday (May 19).

Pete Marquis, director of the firm drafted in to complete the demolition, said the back wall which was close on 100ft high had proved a difficult part to remove.

He said: “It's a tough old building. It’s been up since the 1920s.

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Fire ravaged former Odeon cinema and Tokyo Jo's nightclub in Church Street, Preston Credit: Pete Marquis

“It’ll take a bit of machining down but we’re away now, we’ve got that height out of the way.

"It’ll be middle to the back end of next week when it’s done but we’re hoping that we can return these streets to normal by Monday evening and fence ourselves in there."

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