Work started yesterday, Monday 28 July, on the demolition of derelict properties in Walsall Town Centre as part of the multi-million pound Gigaport project.
The Albion Tannery, a three-storey brick former tannery building, together with an adjacent unit, number 7 Hatherton Street will be flattened to help promote the site as a development opportunity.
Albert Street, an unadopted public highway off Hatherton Street will be closed for up to 8 weeks, whilst demolition contractors clear the site.
The £400m Gigaport business quarter will provide 127,000 square metres of business and office space along part of Walsall ring road.
Work is expected to start on Walsall College’s £11m Business and Sports Hub in August, creating 250 jobs, whilst a new £3.2m HQ for Jhoots Pharmacy will be built at the junction of Hatherton Street and Littleton Street, creating up to 30 new jobs.
Councillor Adrian Andrew, portfolio holder for regeneration and transport, said the clearance of the site would make it a more attractive proposition for potential investors.
“These buildings have been derelict for a number of years and the longer the site remains undeveloped, the more these properties are going to fall further into disrepair and no developer will want to buy them,” he said.
“The site is ideally placed as an exciting development opportunity within the Gigaport corridor.
I want to thank the previous owners for working with the council so that we can create a development opportunity to create jobs for Walsall, which is one of our top priorities."
Management at the Bonsers factory next door have been advised of the closure and alternative access arrangements have been made.
The planning application to change the use of 7 Hatherton Street to temporary parking has been validated and is under consideration.