THE historic former Garnett’s Cabinet Works building on Barbauld Street, Warrington, is set to be demolished due to its unsafe and dangerous condition.
A Court order has been issued under Section 77 of the Building Act 1984 for the demolition of the building which has been unoccupied for more than 60 years.
Demolition contractors will initially hoard off the site in order to preserve public safety and then commence immediate demolition works.
The precarious state of the building will mean that much of the demolition will have to be undertaken by hand and the works will take approximately six months.
The site is a key location within Warrington Borough Council’s framework for growth Warrington Means Business. It will provide a direct link between the £130 million Time Square regeneration project and Warrington’s Cultural Quarter and help grow Warrington town centre’s leisure economy. It will allow easy access across town from the bars, restaurants and cultural amenities surrounding Queens Gardens over to the Time Square project with its multiplex cinema, restaurants and new Market Hall.
Once cleared the site will initially be utilised as a temporary car park before works commence on an eventual residential scheme, subject to planning permission
The former Council office building to the rear of the property adjacent to the Cairo Street Chapel is currently being refurbished by a private developer with the intention of creating it into a restaurant.
Andy Farrall, Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director Economic Regeneration, Growth & Environment commented: “This is a key site in Warrington’s growth agenda and will in the future provide a key linkage from Palmyra Square over to the Time Square project.
“The former Cabinet Works is in an extremely dangerous condition and has largely been unoccupied for 60 years. The roof has collapsed and the building ravaged by vandalism and the passage of time, with numerous anti-social incursions having taken place.”
Elfriede Sheikh of the adjacent Unitarian Chapel Cairo Street added: “We, the Unitarian Chapel at Cairo Street, are the very close neighbours of the old Cabinet Works with the adjacent Water Tower. Both, but especially the Water Tower, have been a landmark for Warrington for very many years. Unfortunately the time has come now when the structures of the buildings have become so weak and extremely dangerous that there is no way but to demolish them.
“Over the years we had endless trouble with vandals throwing slate tiles, bricks and massive boulders from the huge wall of the Cabinet Works and even the top of the water tower, endangering their own and everybody else’s lives. Even the police was unable to access the area due to the danger. So I can say we are all very relieved now that we can look forward to the restructuring of the Warrington town centre, where we are playing a big part with also the demolition of our old Sunday school to eventually provide access from Cairo Street to the town centre and where residential accommodation will be provided.
“We also welcome the council’s decision to restore the very historic Priestley Gates which will then give access to the cultural quarter and our beautifully maintained garden and historical graveyard. It is always difficult to embrace change of this extent, but we will now be able to look forward to a much improved town centre for all the people of Warrington.”