Work starts to clear rubble as silo demolished at Shrewsbury's Flax Mill

A pile of rubble is all that remains of a giant silo which once loomed over the landscape on the site of Shrewsbury's historic Flax Mill.

Work starts to clear rubble as silo demolished at Shrewsbury's Flax Mill

The silo has now been completely demolished following work by contractors since early last week.

They have been demolishing the 24-metre high North Silo ahead of possible redevelopment work on the Flax Mill, which could get under way next summer.

The silo, which has dominated the skyline at the site since it was first built in the 1960s, has now been totally pulled down, with work now taking place to clear rubble.

The demolition of the North Silo, which has not been used since the Maltings closed in the late 1980s, follows similar recent work to pull down the former Arriva bus depot, Midland Red Social Club, and Rexel Senate building in and around the Flax Mill site. The silo has suffered extensive damage from vandalism and arson in recent years.

Andrew Paterson, from English Heritage, said: "The demolition of the structurally-unsound North Silo will increase safety on the site in the short-term, and is another important step forward for the Flax Mill project, opening up the site for redevelopment."

The first phase of redevelopment is set to begin in August, should funding be secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund. A decision on whether a bid for £11.6m from the group has been successful is due in June.

Listed Building Consent for the demolition of the North Silo was granted by Shropshire Council on 7 November 2012.

The North Silo represents the last major investment in mechanisation and bulk storage infrastructure of the Maltings site, before the final decline in the Maltings era in the 1980s.

A lightweight roof structure, constructed of a steel frame and asbestos sheets, was removed in the early part of 2012 as it had become unsafe and unstable. This would have originally housed the machinery used to distribute the malt into the silos.

In recent months, the North Silo has been covered in green safety netting as a precaution.

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