Wolverhampton City Council has today (Wednesday 8 July, 2015) served notice of its intention to demolish the former Steam Mill at Corn Hill.

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The Grade II-listed building is in a poor state of repair following a fire in 2008 and due to safety concerns the council enforced an exclusion zone around the building.

Structural engineers' reports to ascertain the structural integrity of the building have been completed, confirming it cannot be safely repaired and is dangerous.

The council has therefore moved swiftly under powers in Section 78 of the Building Act 1984 to allow demolition, with the Wolverhampton Interchange Partnership instructing Balfour Beatty to carry out the process.

Councillor Peter Bilson, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for City Assets, said: "The council takes very seriously its responsibility to protect Wolverhampton's heritage.

"It is sad news that such a historic building has to be pulled down - but unfortunately it is beyond repair and poses a serious danger to the public.

"It is our duty to make the area safe and once demolition is complete we will be able to reopen Corn Hill.

"The site also sits within the Interchange project area and will further enhance the scheme, which includes a new look public transport hub with refurbished railway station, as well as office, retail and leisure development, as a gateway to the city."

  • released: Wednesday 8 July, 2015