Fire-hit Bradford mill razed to the ground

Thomas Crompton stands in front of the demolished Ivy Mills on Mill Lane, Bradford.

Thomas Crompton

Demolition work in progress at Ivy Mills on Mill Lane, Bradford

Demolition work in progress at Ivy Mills on Mill Lane, Bradford

Onlookers take pictures of the demolition work at Ivy Mills on Mill Lane, Bradford

Demolition work in progress at Ivy Mills on Mill Lane, Bradford

Demolition work in progress at Ivy Mills on Mill Lane, Bradford

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

AN ICONIC mill has been razed to the ground, leaving 2,500 tonnes of rubble in its place.

Following four days of structural reports and nearly a week after fire tore through the four-storey Ivy Mills in Mill Lane, the demolition workers were finally able to move in today.

Bradford-based demolition company Thomas Crompton got the go-ahead just after 7am to make the first strike, toppling the building from one end round to the other.

Work will go on throughout the weekend to get the road re-opened as soon as possible so nearby businesses can return to normal - but it could be mid-week, said Mr Crompton.

Now the building is down, the rubble made up of stone and wood will have to be removed with as much of it being salvaged as possible.

Mr Crompton said: "Much of the stone will be crushed for aggregate on roads but there is no market for charred wood. We are working closely with Bradford Council to get the road opened again soon to eliminate disruption but we've still got lots to do. It will be about three months before the site can be handed back to our client.

"These mills jobs are specialist, they all have their challenges but this one has been particularly difficult because of its location so near to other buildings. It has taken four days of preparation until we could start with reports looking to see what it was made of and how it was built."

Fire investigators believe the blaze started accidentally in a joiner's shop in the ground floor just after 8am on Saturday, August 24.

At its peak, 12 fire crews were battling to bring the flames under control using aerial ladder platform appliances from the outside because the roof had collapsed.

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7:33pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Robin of Loxley says...

More Bradford's rich history gone down the toilet.

And Crompton looks happy...
More Bradford's rich history gone down the toilet. And Crompton looks happy... Robin of Loxley
  • Score: 0

9:06pm Fri 29 Aug 14

teddie7 says...

Robin of Loxley wrote:
More Bradford's rich history gone down the toilet.

And Crompton looks happy...
Strange how a man constantly knocking Bradford (and threatening to leave Bradford), knocking Bradford Council, and is one of only a few Companies allowed to do this kind of work (fire damaged buildings), yet strangely more and more buildings keep going ablaze !

Must be an accidental coincidence ?
[quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: More Bradford's rich history gone down the toilet. And Crompton looks happy...[/p][/quote]Strange how a man constantly knocking Bradford (and threatening to leave Bradford), knocking Bradford Council, and is one of only a few Companies allowed to do this kind of work (fire damaged buildings), yet strangely more and more buildings keep going ablaze ! Must be an accidental coincidence ? teddie7
  • Score: 10

9:10pm Fri 29 Aug 14

bd7 helper says...

More money
More money bd7 helper
  • Score: 0

10:33pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Idlesteve says...

One word - Dodgy ........
One word - Dodgy ........ Idlesteve
  • Score: 2

10:50pm Fri 29 Aug 14

alfie62 says...

Crompton looks happy as he did not lay off one single man during the recession, he received no grant to help him, unlike most other Bradford Companies. Preferring to sell his own assets to pay wages. The Cromptons are known for their demolition expertise throughout the country, demolishing mills and specialised buildings as far afield as Glasgow. Bradford should be proud of this business not knock it.
Crompton looks happy as he did not lay off one single man during the recession, he received no grant to help him, unlike most other Bradford Companies. Preferring to sell his own assets to pay wages. The Cromptons are known for their demolition expertise throughout the country, demolishing mills and specialised buildings as far afield as Glasgow. Bradford should be proud of this business not knock it. alfie62
  • Score: 11

9:08am Sat 30 Aug 14

mad matt says...

The most important fact is that the mill has been safely demolished AND no lives were lost either in the fire or subsequently.
Crompton is an expert where these old mill buildings are concerned and I can't think of anyone else so qualified to take on the unfortunate work.
The most important fact is that the mill has been safely demolished AND no lives were lost either in the fire or subsequently. Crompton is an expert where these old mill buildings are concerned and I can't think of anyone else so qualified to take on the unfortunate work. mad matt
  • Score: -3

10:29am Sat 30 Aug 14

Not so simple says...

These buildings just keep setting themselves alight....someone somewhere is making some good money out of these building fires.
These buildings just keep setting themselves alight....someone somewhere is making some good money out of these building fires. Not so simple
  • Score: 3

12:49pm Sat 30 Aug 14

knox615 says...

What a rubbish set of pictures, far too close up. Some taken a bit further away would have shown much more of the site and what it looks like now.
What a rubbish set of pictures, far too close up. Some taken a bit further away would have shown much more of the site and what it looks like now. knox615
  • Score: 4
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