The main phase of the demolition work to the former Steam Mill at Corn Hill has now been completed - paving the way for the next stage in the development of Wolverhampton's transport interchange.

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Contractors from DSM finished the technically challenging work to bring down the old mill ahead of schedule.

The Grade II listed building was left in a poor state of repair following a fire in 2008 and demolition work began two months ago after structural engineers concluded it could not be safely repaired and was dangerous.

Councillor Peter Bilson, Cabinet Member for City Assets, said: "The poor condition and complex nature of this building made it very challenging to pull down safely, and I am pleased with the way engineers from DSM were able to successfully complete the task as quickly and safely as they did.

"The removal of the former Steam Mill now enables us to move onto the next phase of the Interchange project, which will see the extension and refurbishment of the railway station multi storey car park."

Now the building has been demolished, the site can be cleared and preparations can begin to redevelop the multi storey car park at the railway station. Work will begin next year and will double the capacity of the car park.

At the same time, the former steam mill site will be readied for work to extend the Metro from St George's to the railway station which, once completed, will enable Corn Hill to be reopened to road vehicles.

The railway station and surrounding area will be transformed as part of the £120 million interchange project, led by Neptune Developments and the City of Wolverhampton Council, which will create a modern gateway to the city centre including a new station, enhanced facilities for motorists and cyclists and new Metro link.

released: Thursday 26 November, 2015