On Monday August 21 works will begin on the demolition of the former JW Bonser factory within Walsall town centre with a view to redevelop the site in the future as part of a comprehensive scheme.
Walsall Council acquired the JW Bonser premises on Albert Street in 2007. In 2015, the company went into liquidation and vacated the premises meaning that the Council was in a position to consider options for the site.
The Council previously acquired no.7 Hatherton Street and demolished the building pending future development proposals and it is now proposed to take a similar approach to the JW Bonser building given its poor condition.
Councillor Lee Jeavons, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration at Walsall Council said: “We are delighted to have reached this stage in the development. There is an opportunity for us to transform this site for the benefit of the people who live, work and shop in Walsall town centre as part of the Gigaport project. The building has been empty for some time and we are pleased to be moving forward with plans for redevelopment.”
Adjoining the JW Bonser building is a privately owned property that is also in poor condition. The owner has agreed that demolition of this building will also take place at the same time.
Albert Street will be closed to vehicles for the duration of the works and is due to re-open in early October.