Grattan’s Great Horton buildings are being demolished

Grattan’s Great Horton buildings are being demolished

The Grattan buildings are demolished

The Grattan buildings are demolished

First published in Bradford

Demolition of disused buildings is under way at the headquarters of mail order company Freeman Grattan Holdings in Ingleby Road, Great Horton.

The buildings, a mixture of vacant warehouses and office space, have stood empty for some time with the business’s main warehousing operations now based nearby at Listerhills.

Neil Moore, the company’s financial director, said work to tidy up the site had been going on for a number of months.

Under the direction of Dutch-born boss Koert Tulleners, whose brief is to turn round the loss-making mail retail firm where 1,000 jobs have been lost in the past two years, FGH is re-evaluating the need for space.

The Ingleby Road site, which includes the Grattan, Freemans and Kaleidoscope shopping catalogues, has been home to the business since the 1930s. Mr Tulleners has pledged that the FGH business would retain its base in Bradford, but would need a smaller site to cater for a slimmer business.

Grattan was founded in 1912 in Manchester Road by Enrico Fattorini. At its peak the firm employed about 5,000 people.

Since 1991 it has been part of the German family-run Otto Group.

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7:02am Tue 10 Jan 12

tornshaunton says...

you can't keep anything secret from the on-the-ball T & A reporters nowadays !!!
you can't keep anything secret from the on-the-ball T & A reporters nowadays !!! tornshaunton
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7:17am Tue 10 Jan 12

Apollo says...

Probably better to demolish them before a mysterious fire burns them down as so often happens in Bradford.
Probably better to demolish them before a mysterious fire burns them down as so often happens in Bradford. Apollo
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7:37am Tue 10 Jan 12

angry bradfordian says...

Let's hope that some houses are built on this site before any more fields are obliterated.
Let's hope that some houses are built on this site before any more fields are obliterated. angry bradfordian
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7:55am Tue 10 Jan 12

old pecker says...

another empty Hole ?
another empty Hole ? old pecker
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8:54am Tue 10 Jan 12

futurethinking says...

Houses would be a sensible option here IMO
Houses would be a sensible option here IMO futurethinking
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9:32am Tue 10 Jan 12

angry bradfordian says...

futurethinking wrote:
Houses would be a sensible option here IMO
It would be extremely sensible, but the old Initial site and Woolcombers nearby seem to have been empty for 3 or 4 years and we carry on bulldozing green fields.

I'm now waiting to be called a NIMBY....
[quote][p][bold]futurethinking[/bold] wrote: Houses would be a sensible option here IMO[/p][/quote]It would be extremely sensible, but the old Initial site and Woolcombers nearby seem to have been empty for 3 or 4 years and we carry on bulldozing green fields. I'm now waiting to be called a NIMBY.... angry bradfordian
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