Historic building dating back to 1830 at risk of collapse after arson could be demolished Yorkshire News

A listed building in West Yorkshire that was badly damaged in a fire earlier this year could be demolished soon.

The old tank and drum building at Bowling Iron Works in Bradford
The old tank and drum building at Bowling Iron Works in Bradford

The old Tanks and Drum building at Bowling Iron Works in Bradford was built in the 1830s and stands out as a traditional stone building in a more modern industrial business area.

The building, also known as the Bowling House, is listed as Grade II, a title that would normally protect the building from being altered or demolished.

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But now the building’s owners have submitted a planning request to Bradford City Council to flatten the structure.

The application, from the owners of the Leo Sawrij group, says that a building fire in February left the building in a dangerous state, and demolition is now the only option to keep the site safe.

The building, on Bowling Back Lane, was the former office of Tanks and Drum Ltd, but has been empty for several years. Even before the February fire, it was showing signs of neglect and neglect. A more modern office extension built to the side of the building is also abandoned.

The West Yorkshire Fire Service was called to the building at 5.49pm on February 23. Two locomotives were dispatched to deal with the fire, and they were in place for almost an hour.

The cause was thought to be deliberate.

The request for demolition of the building shows the impact of that fire, having collapsed an entire wall of the building. Says the fire: “It caused significant structural damage and the partial collapse of the listed building.

“The condition of the building has been evaluated by structural engineers and building rehabilitation specialists and a demolition contractor.

“They conclude that the building is unstable, at risk of immediate collapse and cannot be worked on safely. Therefore, demolition is the only safe option to deal with the compromised structure. “

A spokesperson for the applicants, who bought the site in 2019, said: “Before the fire, the building had been empty for a long time and was a regular target for vandals.

“It was and continues to be a magnet for children, and in its now highly dangerous condition, it poses a significant risk to public health and safety, so time is of the essence for Bradford City Council to process the demolition request and let Leo Sawrij Ltd organize the demolition work and make the site safe. “

They said no plans have been prepared for future use of the site if the building is demolished.

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This notice was published: 2021-04-26 06:46:12