Remember this huge fire? Now wrecked site could…

Remember this huge fire? Now wrecked site could be demolished

PLANS have been submitted to demolish and replace an industrial unit in Brighouse which was severely damaged in a fire last summer.

The unit at Armytage Road Industrial Estate was occupied by plastics firm Crompton Mouldings at the time of the devastating fire in July. The firm has since relocated elsewhere.

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Now owner Marshall Building Contractors has applied to demolish the damaged L-shaped building, which also houses cricket store Romida, and build a replacement.

In documents submitted to Calderdale Council as part of the application, agent Farrar Bamforth Associates states: “The existing building was an industrial unit that was occupied by Crompton Mouldings Ltd up until July 2018 when a fire broke out and severely damaged the building.

“What’s left of the building has remained in use by the client’s tenant Romida, but it is now proposed to be demolished to make way for a replacement building.

“The development site will provide an excellent opportunity for a business to have a new up to date general industrial, storage and distribution building within minutes of the M62 motorway the main arterial link between the east and west coast of England.”

The planned new building has a slightly smaller footprint to the existing fire damaged building which is set to be demolished.

The layout and shape of the building replicates the one it replaces, with the plans indicating one large unit which could be sub-divided, as well as a number of parking spaces.

It has windows at first floor to allow the potential for office space on that level, depending on any future tenant’s requirements.

The design of the building is brickwork to door height, followed by silver wall cladding, dark grey aluminium windows and doors and light grey roof cladding.

The Council’s deadline for planners to make a decision is in May.

A dozen fire engines and four aerial appliances were called into action when the blaze took hold at Crompton Mouldings’ factory in Sherwood Road last July.

Huge plumes of smoke could be seen across the district as the fire took hold at the plastic moulding factory. The 3,600 sq metre single-storey warehouse was completely engulfed in flames when crews arrived.

It took three hours for more than 70 firefighters from across West Yorkshire to contain the fire before half the engines were dismissed and some remained to carry on fighting a small fire inside the building.

Crews were able to prevent the blaze from spreading to neighbouring buildings.

At the time Crompton Mouldings MD John Bradley issued a statement, saying: “The Team at Crompton Mouldings are devastated by the recent fire but we can advise everyone is safe and the recovery plan is underway.

“We have a fantastic team who are now working tirelessly with the support of our customers, suppliers and partners to ensure a speedy and successful outcome for all concerned.

“Thanks for all the messages of support they are greatly appreciated.”