Last orders for Mansfield Brewery site
The redevelopment of a derelict eyesore in the heart of Mansfield has moved a step closer with the announcement that demolition work will start at the former Mansfield Brewery site later this month.
Mansfield District Council are soon to appoint the Cuddy Group to clear the privately-owned town centre site using its powers under the Building Act 1984, relating to dangerous structures.
Demolition work is provisionally scheduled to start on 21st April and is expected to take 16 weeks.
The costs of the demolition work and previous improvements to security at the site have been funded by East Midlands Development Agency (emda). emda's costs will be reimbursed as part of any future sale of the site.
Mansfield Brewery closed in 2001, ending 146 years of brewing in Mansfield. Since then the 6.1 acre site has been beset with problems, including thefts, vandalism and fires.
Partial demolition of a number of the buildings during reclamation works has left many buildings in a dangerous state and fire chiefs have expressed concern about the safety of fire-fighters on the site, should they need to tackle future blazes.
Administrators KPMG are currently in the process of gaining complete possession of the site after two former owners both went into receivership. Although some ownership issues still need to be resolved, KPMG have co-operated fully to facilitate the security and demolition works.
Meanwhile, Mansfield District Council has adopted interim planning guidance for the site which sets out the council's vision for its redevelopment. The guidance is a vital tool in guiding developers towards the type of development that would be acceptable on the site – in this case a combination of offices, leisure uses, hotel, and restaurant and residential.
Mansfield District Council Executive Mayor Tony Egginton said: "Mansfield Brewery has dominated Mansfield's skyline for many years and was once a major employer in the town, so in some ways announcing its demolition is a sad day for the area. However, the site has fallen into severe dereliction over recent years and has become an eyesore that needs removing.
"We are extremely grateful to emda for supporting the council and local community in providing the funding for this. This is another example of the council working with partners to deliver real benefits to residents and the local economy.
"The brewery is in a prime, central position in Mansfield and I am confident that there will be no shortage of interest amongst developers who share our vision for an exciting redevelopment."
Coun Kate Allsop, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration added; "When you drive around Mansfield the old Brewery buildings can be seen from every angle, hanging over the town like jagged teeth.
"I'm pleased that we are now in a position to arrange its demolition and the town can move forward with a comprehensive regeneration of the area which will be of tremendous benefit to residents living in the immediate area and the district as a whole."
And Anthony Payne, emda's Land and Development Director, added: "The time is right to regenerate this derelict site and bring it back into beneficial use for the people of Mansfield, so it's good to hear that this is now moving forward."
The former Mansfield Brewery site is situated just outside the main ring-road system off Great Central Road. The total site area is approximately 6.1 acres, split into two constituent parts by Great Central Road (site 1 to the East and site 2 to the West):
· Site 1: Approx. 2 acres (0.7 hectares) abutting residential properties.
· Site 2: is the larger part of the site, approximately 4 acres (1.7 hectares).
Timeline / History:
1855: Mansfield Brewery Founded
1971: Brewery acquired former Railway land
1982: Cask ale beer production re-introduced, after a break of ten years
2000: Brewery taken over by Wolverhampton and Dudley Brewery and beer production moved to Wolverhampton
2001: Brewery closed
2003: Site acquired by Mansfield Land Developments
2004: Owners obtained planning permission for a part of the site for a range of uses.
2005: Site offered for sale on behalf of receivers – offers around £5m
Jan 2006: Initial site evaluation report produced by DTP, for English Partnerships National Brownfield Strategy
Early 2006: Brewery site acquired by Lexi Holdings.
Late 2006: KPMG appointed as receivers/ administrators for the site on behalf of Lexi Holdings.
Oct 2007: Security fencing installed to perimeter of site as part of safety works initiated by Mansfield District Council and funded by emda.
emda is one of nine Regional Development Agencies in England, set up in 1999 to bring a regional focus to economic development.
Working in partnership with public, private and voluntary organisations the aim is to deliver the 2006 Regional Economic Strategy (RES) 'A Flourishing Region', which sets out regional priorities until 2020.
The RES, coordinated by emda, highlights the themes of productivity, sustainability and equality and builds on the previous two strategies; 'Prosperity Through People' and 'Destination 2010'.
In early 2007 the National Audit Office announced emda had received the highest possible grade of 'performing strongly' in an independent assessment of our work - scoring 22 out of 24.