Former Steam Mill demolition gets underway

Old Steam Mill, Wolverhampton

City of Wolverhampton Council has confirmed the difficult process of safely demolishing the former Steam Mill at Corn Hill has begun.

Structural engineers’ reports to ascertain the structural integrity of the Grade II building confirmed it is badly deteriorated, cannot be safely repaired and is dangerous.

The council last month served notice of demolition under section 78 of the Building Act 1984.

Neptune has purchased the building on behalf of the Wolverhampton Interchange Partnership and Balfour Beatty is carrying out the process, which is expected to take a number of weeks.

Councillor Peter Bilson, Cabinet Member for City Assets, said: “The poor condition and complex nature of this building makes it very challenging to pull down safely.

“Safety of the public and the workforce has got to be paramount in the process, with Balfour Beatty working as expediently as possible.

“The removal of the former Steam Mill will enable 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.”