Listed Halifax warehouse to be partially demolished – so it can be saved

Demolition works at a former wool warehouse in Halifax are underway after inspectors found that the building was structurally unsafe and in danger of collapse.

Calderdale Council said that only the section of the building that is at risk of collapse will be removed.

In 2018, the council served a Section 77 Dangerous Structure Notice to the owner of the warehouse, who carried out interior structural improvements to protect the building.

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Further works were carried out in 2019 to try to stabilise the tall gable of the building, and structural engineers suggested surveying the building again in 2021.

At that latest inspection, the engineers expressed concerns about the stability of the eastern and southern sides of the building and the serious movement of the gable.

It is hoped that by knocking the at-risk sections down, the building as a whole will be saved.

Calderdale Council’s Director of Regeneration and Strategy, Shelagh O’Neill, said: “The location of this historic warehouse means it’s a familiar sight for those arriving into Halifax by car or by rail.

“It’s upsetting that, due to structural failings, it’s now necessary for partial demolition works to take place.

The council said that protecting heritage buildings was a major concern, and officers are following advice from Historic England to ensure proper preservation of the heritage features of the remaining building.”

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While the works are taking place, the footpath on Church Street and part of Deal Street will be closed.

The 19 th Century Grade II listed building on Deal Street has laid vacant for some time and Calderdale Council was working with the owner to find a solution for the restoration of the building.

The owner cooperated with the council throughout the process in an attempt to save the building, but the efforts did not the dangerous structural deterioration.

Richard Seaman, Calderdale Council’s Corporate Lead – Planning, said: “There are many heritage assets and listed buildings under private ownership in Calderdale. We value the importance of these buildings and offer advice to owners to bring vacant properties back into use and, when necessary, take action to avoid them falling into disrepair.

“Intervention work is costly and is used as a last resort. The Council will always seek to work with the owners to find solutions before action is needed.”

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