Photographer captures “final sundown” at Scarborough landmark site

Picture: Richard Goodwin.
Picture: Richard Goodwin.

BUILDING rubble is starting to accumulate on 3 Oceans’ Iconic Scarborough site.

Heavy machinery began demolishing existing buildings earlier this week at the corner of West Coast Highway and Scarborough Beach Road.

The site was home to the popular Contacio bar in the early 2000s and former Scarborough Fair markets, and is being cleared to make way for a 43-storey and 33-storey hotel and apartments development.

Picture: Richard Goodwin.

Excavators have started work at the north-east corner of the lot and the entire block has been fenced off.

Wembley Downs photographer Richard Goodwin took photos of the site prior to demolition.

“I decided to try to capture the building before it disappears forever because it has been a Scarborough landmark for a long time and has obviously given many people a great deal of pleasure,” he said.

Picture: Richard Goodwin.

“I was also trying to make a statement about the ‘bones’ of the old buildings which contain memories of enterprise and entertainment now gone. They are also of a scale that will no longer exist on the site.”

Goodwin said the colours and textures of the images resonated with the “sun-drenched, sandy environs that people have come to love about Scarborough” and represented the “final sundown on Contacio”.

The former Contacio site. Picture: Martin Kennealey.
The former Contacio site. Picture: Martin Kennealey.