Barrier is lifted to allow demolition of former Bradford and Bingley headquarters

Barrier is lifted to allow demolition of former Bradford and Bingley headquarters

The former Bradford and Bingley headquarters in Bingley

Shipley MP Philip Davies

Howard Martin, president of Bingley Chamber of Trade

The old Bradford & Bingley building society, Bingley

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Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Aire/Worth Valley Reporter

THE final barrier to the long-awaited demolition of the former Bradford and Bingley headquarters has now been lifted.

Bradford Council planning officers have now given approval to the huge project scheduled to take 24 weeks after nature surveys by owner supermarket giant Sainsbury's revealed only one roosting bat had delayed any previous work.

And vitally - that the bat had now left the blighted building in Main Street, Bingley.

Ward Councillor David Heseltine said planners had used delegated powers to approve the demolition application.

"So now it's up to Sainsbury's to roll up their sleeves and get on with it," Cllr Heseltine (Con, Bingley) said.

"They supplied three monitoring surveys which showed that the solitary bat had finally left.

"So now the little blighter has packed its bags and gone on holiday up the Dales, they need to demolish the place before it returns!"

The process will see the towering building covered with scaffolding and stripped of all recyclable materials.

Expert contractors T E Scudder Ltd of Wembley will carry out the demolition and removal of the waste and spoil in covered lorries which will be cleaned to prevent the spread of dirt along town roads.

Sainsbury's application states: "Materials will be used on site to backfill the basement areas where environmentally safe to do so, be processed for sale, or be taken to landfill.

"Restoration of the site will include backfilling the basement areas with crushed materials, leaving the site level and free of any concrete risings and contaminants."

The town's MP Philip Davies (Con, Shipley) has campaigned vigorously for Sainsbury's to take action after it revealed last year that the site would not now become one of its supermarkets.

He helped organise a packed public meeting at All Saints Church where visiting executives felt the force of popular opinion regarding the Main Street eyesore.

Mr Davies said: "I think the meeting helped concentrate Sainsbury's mind on just how strongly people felt about the project.

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"And this is good news which means there is no excuse for them to crack on and get it sorted."

Howard Martin, president of Bingley Chamber of Trade, said traders were concerned the site would not be developed to its maximum potential as a business magnet for the town.

"It's not just about demolishing and then levelling the site - it's about getting something that will move Bingley forward, revitalise and regenerate the town," Mr Martin said.

Sainsbury's, which now intends to open a smaller supermarket elsewhere in Main Street, was not available for comment last night about the timing of the demolition.

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9:27am Tue 5 Aug 14

sorrow&anger says...

Good news, but the timing is bad. Along with the Otley and Leeds Roads this demolition works will slow traffic through Bingley adding more congestion to the approaches to Shipley. Does City Hall never look at the big picture?
Good news, but the timing is bad. Along with the Otley and Leeds Roads this demolition works will slow traffic through Bingley adding more congestion to the approaches to Shipley. Does City Hall never look at the big picture? sorrow&anger
  • Score: -8

9:35am Tue 5 Aug 14

Out of site says...

sorrow&anger wrote:
Good news, but the timing is bad. Along with the Otley and Leeds Roads this demolition works will slow traffic through Bingley adding more congestion to the approaches to Shipley. Does City Hall never look at the big picture?
Most traffic now use the bingley by pass,can't see this demo jog changing the way people will travel.
[quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: Good news, but the timing is bad. Along with the Otley and Leeds Roads this demolition works will slow traffic through Bingley adding more congestion to the approaches to Shipley. Does City Hall never look at the big picture?[/p][/quote]Most traffic now use the bingley by pass,can't see this demo jog changing the way people will travel. Out of site
  • Score: 11

10:55am Tue 5 Aug 14

Albion. says...

Out of site wrote:
sorrow&anger wrote:
Good news, but the timing is bad. Along with the Otley and Leeds Roads this demolition works will slow traffic through Bingley adding more congestion to the approaches to Shipley. Does City Hall never look at the big picture?
Most traffic now use the bingley by pass,can't see this demo jog changing the way people will travel.
Exactly, and the sooner it's gone and the better.
[quote][p][bold]Out of site[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: Good news, but the timing is bad. Along with the Otley and Leeds Roads this demolition works will slow traffic through Bingley adding more congestion to the approaches to Shipley. Does City Hall never look at the big picture?[/p][/quote]Most traffic now use the bingley by pass,can't see this demo jog changing the way people will travel.[/p][/quote]Exactly, and the sooner it's gone and the better. Albion.
  • Score: 10

12:13pm Tue 5 Aug 14

bcfc1903 says...

What an absolute monstrosity of a building only beaten by the concrete towers on Westgate and Broadway in Bradford. How these three objects ever got planning permission is mind boggling, to think one replaced the Swan Arcade is quite incredible.
What an absolute monstrosity of a building only beaten by the concrete towers on Westgate and Broadway in Bradford. How these three objects ever got planning permission is mind boggling, to think one replaced the Swan Arcade is quite incredible. bcfc1903
  • Score: 6

12:56pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Ruthydee says...

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it's a striking building which for years has given Bingley a strong identity. I love it but then again I don't live opposite it so I can see where the negative opinions come from.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it's a striking building which for years has given Bingley a strong identity. I love it but then again I don't live opposite it so I can see where the negative opinions come from. Ruthydee
  • Score: 4

12:56pm Tue 5 Aug 14

basil fawlty says...

I'm all for conservation but the fact that one bat has held up this project is ridiculous. The rules need to be changed so that the protection afforded to endangered species takes account of the negative impact on the human community.
I'm all for conservation but the fact that one bat has held up this project is ridiculous. The rules need to be changed so that the protection afforded to endangered species takes account of the negative impact on the human community. basil fawlty
  • Score: 11

1:03pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Robin of Loxley says...

The town's MP Philip Davies (Con, Shipley) has campaigned vigorously..


Election coming up ?
[quote]The town's MP Philip Davies (Con, Shipley) has campaigned vigorously.. [/quote] Election coming up ? Robin of Loxley
  • Score: -2

2:21pm Tue 5 Aug 14

MontyLeMar says...

basil fawlty wrote:
I'm all for conservation but the fact that one bat has held up this project is ridiculous. The rules need to be changed so that the protection afforded to endangered species takes account of the negative impact on the human community.
Agreed. It feels like the Bat Preservation lobby in the UK is about as powerful as the banking and business lobbies. Talk about having friends in high places, it's a puzzle how they ever got so much influence.
[quote][p][bold]basil fawlty[/bold] wrote: I'm all for conservation but the fact that one bat has held up this project is ridiculous. The rules need to be changed so that the protection afforded to endangered species takes account of the negative impact on the human community.[/p][/quote]Agreed. It feels like the Bat Preservation lobby in the UK is about as powerful as the banking and business lobbies. Talk about having friends in high places, it's a puzzle how they ever got so much influence. MontyLeMar
  • Score: 4

2:31pm Tue 5 Aug 14

MontyLeMar says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
What an absolute monstrosity of a building only beaten by the concrete towers on Westgate and Broadway in Bradford. How these three objects ever got planning permission is mind boggling, to think one replaced the Swan Arcade is quite incredible.
Ah, but that was in the days of John Poulson, a lot of strange things were happening within local government in those days. Home Secretaries had to resign over the goings on. The Arndale Centre was one of Poulson's.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: What an absolute monstrosity of a building only beaten by the concrete towers on Westgate and Broadway in Bradford. How these three objects ever got planning permission is mind boggling, to think one replaced the Swan Arcade is quite incredible.[/p][/quote]Ah, but that was in the days of John Poulson, a lot of strange things were happening within local government in those days. Home Secretaries had to resign over the goings on. The Arndale Centre was one of Poulson's. MontyLeMar
  • Score: 3

3:27pm Tue 5 Aug 14

carolyne74 says...

Ruthydee wrote:
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it's a striking building which for years has given Bingley a strong identity. I love it but then again I don't live opposite it so I can see where the negative opinions come from.
I love seeing it on the skyline as I turn into Bingley town centre, and would happily live opposite it. I think it's a wonderful building and, as you say, is a recognisable symbol of Bingley. My daughter (aged 9) and I are both very sad that it's being demolished. It's such a shame that no-one could think of a use to put it to. In my personal opinion, even trying to turn it into flats would have been preferable to levelling it. That would certainly have created the extra footfall that the town needs in its shops, without ruining the canal area with the proposed housing estate. I never believed that we needed a large supermarket anyway; we need more small decent independent shops, and some cafes which stay open after 5.00pm (2.30pm on a Sunday!) to entice the walkers off the canal. Maybe the building could have been turned into a small shopping/eating centre.
[quote][p][bold]Ruthydee[/bold] wrote: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it's a striking building which for years has given Bingley a strong identity. I love it but then again I don't live opposite it so I can see where the negative opinions come from.[/p][/quote]I love seeing it on the skyline as I turn into Bingley town centre, and would happily live opposite it. I think it's a wonderful building and, as you say, is a recognisable symbol of Bingley. My daughter (aged 9) and I are both very sad that it's being demolished. It's such a shame that no-one could think of a use to put it to. In my personal opinion, even trying to turn it into flats would have been preferable to levelling it. That would certainly have created the extra footfall that the town needs in its shops, without ruining the canal area with the proposed housing estate. I never believed that we needed a large supermarket anyway; we need more small decent independent shops, and some cafes which stay open after 5.00pm (2.30pm on a Sunday!) to entice the walkers off the canal. Maybe the building could have been turned into a small shopping/eating centre. carolyne74
  • Score: 7

3:28pm Tue 5 Aug 14

BEETEEE says...

I think it's a shame; it may not be beautiful but it was of it's time and if a use had been found for the building it could still have made a contribution to Bingley's future.
I think it's a shame; it may not be beautiful but it was of it's time and if a use had been found for the building it could still have made a contribution to Bingley's future. BEETEEE
  • Score: 2

4:59pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Out of site says...

At least there's not going to be a mosque built there.
At least there's not going to be a mosque built there. Out of site
  • Score: -2

5:10pm Tue 5 Aug 14

allinittogether says...

Out of site wrote:
At least there's not going to be a mosque built there.
Best wait until your grown up before commenting on the big boys forum
[quote][p][bold]Out of site[/bold] wrote: At least there's not going to be a mosque built there.[/p][/quote]Best wait until your grown up before commenting on the big boys forum allinittogether
  • Score: -2

5:19pm Tue 5 Aug 14

BEETEEE says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
What an absolute monstrosity of a building only beaten by the concrete towers on Westgate and Broadway in Bradford. How these three objects ever got planning permission is mind boggling, to think one replaced the Swan Arcade is quite incredible.
If The Swan Arcade hadn't been demolished, it would have sunk into the boggy ground that the lower end of Bradford was built on. And, it isn't a monstrosity - you just happen not to like it.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: What an absolute monstrosity of a building only beaten by the concrete towers on Westgate and Broadway in Bradford. How these three objects ever got planning permission is mind boggling, to think one replaced the Swan Arcade is quite incredible.[/p][/quote]If The Swan Arcade hadn't been demolished, it would have sunk into the boggy ground that the lower end of Bradford was built on. And, it isn't a monstrosity - you just happen not to like it. BEETEEE
  • Score: 1

5:41pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Out of site says...

allinittogether wrote:
Out of site wrote:
At least there's not going to be a mosque built there.
Best wait until your grown up before commenting on the big boys forum
Smell the coffee.
[quote][p][bold]allinittogether[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Out of site[/bold] wrote: At least there's not going to be a mosque built there.[/p][/quote]Best wait until your grown up before commenting on the big boys forum[/p][/quote]Smell the coffee. Out of site
  • Score: 4

6:19pm Tue 5 Aug 14

awasteoftime says...

basil fawlty wrote:
I'm all for conservation but the fact that one bat has held up this project is ridiculous. The rules need to be changed so that the protection afforded to endangered species takes account of the negative impact on the human community.
When I read that only a single bat has delayed any work on this building for many months, I thought it must be 1st April !!. Perhaps we should have gone to the court of Human Rights and complained that one bat as stopping development in Bingley !.
Let us all hope that this bat can also stop any development on Green Belt land at Primrose Lane, Gilstead, along with the other few dozen that live there. As for the local MP could he be seeking re-election, but if so can someone tell me just what he has done for Bingley ?. The same can be said of our invisible local Councillors.
[quote][p][bold]basil fawlty[/bold] wrote: I'm all for conservation but the fact that one bat has held up this project is ridiculous. The rules need to be changed so that the protection afforded to endangered species takes account of the negative impact on the human community.[/p][/quote]When I read that only a single bat has delayed any work on this building for many months, I thought it must be 1st April !!. Perhaps we should have gone to the court of Human Rights and complained that one bat as stopping development in Bingley !. Let us all hope that this bat can also stop any development on Green Belt land at Primrose Lane, Gilstead, along with the other few dozen that live there. As for the local MP could he be seeking re-election, but if so can someone tell me just what he has done for Bingley ?. The same can be said of our invisible local Councillors. awasteoftime
  • Score: -7

6:50pm Tue 5 Aug 14

MontyLeMar says...

BEETEEE wrote:
I think it's a shame; it may not be beautiful but it was of it's time and if a use had been found for the building it could still have made a contribution to Bingley's future.
We can thank the greedy noughties for its demise. If the management had kept their heads and remained a mutual they could still be there serving and employing the people of Bingley. But no, everyone had to demutualise and the directors wanted to be rich without actually doing any hard work. What a shower. Sold the locals and the taxpayer down the river.
[quote][p][bold]BEETEEE[/bold] wrote: I think it's a shame; it may not be beautiful but it was of it's time and if a use had been found for the building it could still have made a contribution to Bingley's future.[/p][/quote]We can thank the greedy noughties for its demise. If the management had kept their heads and remained a mutual they could still be there serving and employing the people of Bingley. But no, everyone had to demutualise and the directors wanted to be rich without actually doing any hard work. What a shower. Sold the locals and the taxpayer down the river. MontyLeMar
  • Score: 4

7:02pm Tue 5 Aug 14

BEETEEE says...

MontyLeMar wrote:
BEETEEE wrote:
I think it's a shame; it may not be beautiful but it was of it's time and if a use had been found for the building it could still have made a contribution to Bingley's future.
We can thank the greedy noughties for its demise. If the management had kept their heads and remained a mutual they could still be there serving and employing the people of Bingley. But no, everyone had to demutualise and the directors wanted to be rich without actually doing any hard work. What a shower. Sold the locals and the taxpayer down the river.
I couldn't agree more. After telling fibs, the then CEO still owes me a personal cheque for £180.00
[quote][p][bold]MontyLeMar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BEETEEE[/bold] wrote: I think it's a shame; it may not be beautiful but it was of it's time and if a use had been found for the building it could still have made a contribution to Bingley's future.[/p][/quote]We can thank the greedy noughties for its demise. If the management had kept their heads and remained a mutual they could still be there serving and employing the people of Bingley. But no, everyone had to demutualise and the directors wanted to be rich without actually doing any hard work. What a shower. Sold the locals and the taxpayer down the river.[/p][/quote]I couldn't agree more. After telling fibs, the then CEO still owes me a personal cheque for £180.00 BEETEEE
  • Score: 3

7:23pm Tue 5 Aug 14

bcfc1903 says...

BEETEEE wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
What an absolute monstrosity of a building only beaten by the concrete towers on Westgate and Broadway in Bradford. How these three objects ever got planning permission is mind boggling, to think one replaced the Swan Arcade is quite incredible.
If The Swan Arcade hadn't been demolished, it would have sunk into the boggy ground that the lower end of Bradford was built on. And, it isn't a monstrosity - you just happen not to like it.
The concrete box should have been dropped with the rest of the sixties stuff that has made way for Westfield, it has no redeeming features other than folk working in it, I'm quite sure I'm not the only one who thinks that :-), The Swan Arcade is a sad loss to Bradford.
[quote][p][bold]BEETEEE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: What an absolute monstrosity of a building only beaten by the concrete towers on Westgate and Broadway in Bradford. How these three objects ever got planning permission is mind boggling, to think one replaced the Swan Arcade is quite incredible.[/p][/quote]If The Swan Arcade hadn't been demolished, it would have sunk into the boggy ground that the lower end of Bradford was built on. And, it isn't a monstrosity - you just happen not to like it.[/p][/quote]The concrete box should have been dropped with the rest of the sixties stuff that has made way for Westfield, it has no redeeming features other than folk working in it, I'm quite sure I'm not the only one who thinks that :-), The Swan Arcade is a sad loss to Bradford. bcfc1903
  • Score: 4

8:14pm Tue 5 Aug 14

allinittogether says...

Out of site wrote:
allinittogether wrote:
Out of site wrote:
At least there's not going to be a mosque built there.
Best wait until your grown up before commenting on the big boys forum
Smell the coffee.
I take it you're unappreciative of the efforts of 400,000 muslims fighting for us in WW1 then?
[quote][p][bold]Out of site[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]allinittogether[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Out of site[/bold] wrote: At least there's not going to be a mosque built there.[/p][/quote]Best wait until your grown up before commenting on the big boys forum[/p][/quote]Smell the coffee.[/p][/quote]I take it you're unappreciative of the efforts of 400,000 muslims fighting for us in WW1 then? allinittogether
  • Score: 5

9:41pm Tue 5 Aug 14

fiverise says...

MontyLeMar wrote:
basil fawlty wrote:
I'm all for conservation but the fact that one bat has held up this project is ridiculous. The rules need to be changed so that the protection afforded to endangered species takes account of the negative impact on the human community.
Agreed. It feels like the Bat Preservation lobby in the UK is about as powerful as the banking and business lobbies. Talk about having friends in high places, it's a puzzle how they ever got so much influence.
I feel the delay for the bat may have been more of a red herring that it may appear. After all, Sainsbury's haven't exactly been desperate to get on with the demolition phase that they indicated would start at the beginning of this year. And now that they are seems to suggest that they have at least got an interested party (or parties) willing to make an offer on the levelled site.
[quote][p][bold]MontyLeMar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]basil fawlty[/bold] wrote: I'm all for conservation but the fact that one bat has held up this project is ridiculous. The rules need to be changed so that the protection afforded to endangered species takes account of the negative impact on the human community.[/p][/quote]Agreed. It feels like the Bat Preservation lobby in the UK is about as powerful as the banking and business lobbies. Talk about having friends in high places, it's a puzzle how they ever got so much influence.[/p][/quote]I feel the delay for the bat may have been more of a red herring that it may appear. After all, Sainsbury's haven't exactly been desperate to get on with the demolition phase that they indicated would start at the beginning of this year. And now that they are seems to suggest that they have at least got an interested party (or parties) willing to make an offer on the levelled site. fiverise
  • Score: 2

9:45pm Tue 5 Aug 14

fiverise says...

awasteoftime wrote:
basil fawlty wrote:
I'm all for conservation but the fact that one bat has held up this project is ridiculous. The rules need to be changed so that the protection afforded to endangered species takes account of the negative impact on the human community.
When I read that only a single bat has delayed any work on this building for many months, I thought it must be 1st April !!. Perhaps we should have gone to the court of Human Rights and complained that one bat as stopping development in Bingley !.
Let us all hope that this bat can also stop any development on Green Belt land at Primrose Lane, Gilstead, along with the other few dozen that live there. As for the local MP could he be seeking re-election, but if so can someone tell me just what he has done for Bingley ?. The same can be said of our invisible local Councillors.
Perhaps if you attended some of the local meetings that the Councillors attend (ie. Bingley Chamber meetings or the meeting in the church a couple of weeks back) you could ask them. There is always a local councillor at the Bingley Chamber meetings. So, not so invisible as you suggest.
[quote][p][bold]awasteoftime[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]basil fawlty[/bold] wrote: I'm all for conservation but the fact that one bat has held up this project is ridiculous. The rules need to be changed so that the protection afforded to endangered species takes account of the negative impact on the human community.[/p][/quote]When I read that only a single bat has delayed any work on this building for many months, I thought it must be 1st April !!. Perhaps we should have gone to the court of Human Rights and complained that one bat as stopping development in Bingley !. Let us all hope that this bat can also stop any development on Green Belt land at Primrose Lane, Gilstead, along with the other few dozen that live there. As for the local MP could he be seeking re-election, but if so can someone tell me just what he has done for Bingley ?. The same can be said of our invisible local Councillors.[/p][/quote]Perhaps if you attended some of the local meetings that the Councillors attend (ie. Bingley Chamber meetings or the meeting in the church a couple of weeks back) you could ask them. There is always a local councillor at the Bingley Chamber meetings. So, not so invisible as you suggest. fiverise
  • Score: 3

3:06pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Out of site says...

allinittogether wrote:
Out of site wrote:
allinittogether wrote:
Out of site wrote:
At least there's not going to be a mosque built there.
Best wait until your grown up before commenting on the big boys forum
Smell the coffee.
I take it you're unappreciative of the efforts of 400,000 muslims fighting for us in WW1 then?
And now their intention is to rule the world.wake up.
[quote][p][bold]allinittogether[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Out of site[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]allinittogether[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Out of site[/bold] wrote: At least there's not going to be a mosque built there.[/p][/quote]Best wait until your grown up before commenting on the big boys forum[/p][/quote]Smell the coffee.[/p][/quote]I take it you're unappreciative of the efforts of 400,000 muslims fighting for us in WW1 then?[/p][/quote]And now their intention is to rule the world.wake up. Out of site
  • Score: 2

1:15pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Bikerbeardy says...

I live in Bingley and hate the building, cant wait till its gone, and yes, I have lived in Bingley for many decades, it was always a monstrosity, a blight on the skyline, will watch with happiness from weatherspoons window with my cheap pint as it is demolished :)
I live in Bingley and hate the building, cant wait till its gone, and yes, I have lived in Bingley for many decades, it was always a monstrosity, a blight on the skyline, will watch with happiness from weatherspoons window with my cheap pint as it is demolished :) Bikerbeardy
  • Score: 0

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