Multi-million plans to regenerate Shrewsbury’s historic Flax Mill are to take a major step forward as demolition work starts on three buildings surrounding the site.
Shropshire Council said work will begin next week to bring down buildings, including the former Arriva bus depot, as part of the masterplan to redevelop the area.
The Rexel Senate building on Spring Gardens will be knocked down first, followed by the neighbouring former Midland Red Social Club, and then the nearby former bus depot, which was bought by Shropshire Council last year for £2.3 million.
Mal Price, for Shropshire Council, said: “Demolition of the buildings will make the area more attractive by opening up the Flax Mill Maltings site. Carrying out the work now will also save the council money in the long run, as we would have to pay rates if they remained standing.”
Alan Mosley, chairman of the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings, and Shropshire councillor for Castlefields and Ditherington, said: “Many have welcomed the transfer of the Arriva operations to Battlefield and will now be delighted at the news of demolition which will lead to a further enhancement of the area.
“It also marks another step towards the Flax Mill Maltings masterplan.”
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