Partial collapse of wall at Rockdale demolition side causes closure of Princes Highway

Princes Highway at Rockdale was closed for several hours during peak hour last Friday after high winds caused windows and parts of a wall to collapse at a demolition site opposite the town hall.

The wall was part of the demolition site for the Anew Rockdale project, a $62 million, 86-unit, 11-storey development at 433-437 Princes Highway, formerly the Kinnanes Furniture store which is believed to have been built about 1919.

Workers were in the process of taking out the windows when a 10-metre section of the wall collapsed along with a window at around 4.30pm on Friday, a Bayside Council spokesman said.

“When demolishing walls it is standard pracitice to take out the windows first to let air through,” he said. 

“But high winds buffeted the wall before all the windows were removed causing the partial collapse. Fortunately no-one was injured.”

Police, fire brigade and RMS workers closed off the road while the debris was removed. 

All northbound lanes of the Princes Highway were closed for several hours as there were fears more of the wall could collapse.

Traffic was diverted int Bryant Street and motorists were also urged to use President Avenue and West Botany Street.

RMS workers remained on the scene until the next day in case more of the wall collapsed.

Bayside Council said the wall was not heritage listed.

Comment on the Rockdale Residents Unite Facebook page said the wall was to be incorporated into the new development.

The wall will be demolished as part of the development application, the council spokesman said.