End of an era as town’s former meat processing plant is demolished

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The Hygrade factory in Chippenham, representing 300 years of manufacturing in the town, is being demolished The Hygrade factory in Chippenham, representing 300 years of manufacturing in the town, is being demolished

The Hygrade factory in Chippenham, representing 300 years of manufacturing in the town, is being demolished.

A team started work at Westmead Lane last month and one of the former Hygrade buildings has already been flattened.

The meat processing factory closed in 2007, with 550 people losing their jobs.

Now, six people from Wessex Demolition and Salvage are working on site for eight hours a day.

The demolition will make way for the construction of retirement flats by developer McCarthy and Stone, which are expected to be ready to move into in June 2015.

Chippenham Vision, a partnership of key stakeholders working to improve the town, is pleased to see a central area being regenerated at last.

Chairman Tom Jacques said: “We did a lot of looking at the potential of the site and it’s very difficult to do anything other than residential use. We had some input into the design.

“It was disused and derelict and anti-social behaviour issues were starting.

“We’re pleased to see it going ahead.”

Overnight security was put in place at the site following trespassing in June.

Mark Bellamy, working on the demolition, said: “Work will be going on until the end of January now. There’s a lot of work to it.

“You take it down piece by piece and then you sort it all in piles. For the concrete and hard core we bring in a crusher and we crush it down. All the metal goes to the scrapyard and the rubbish goes to the landfill.”

McCarthy and Stone was awarded planning permission in April to redevelop the site as 58 assisted living flats for the over- 70s – of which 33 will be one-bedroom and 25 two-bedroom.

Plans also include 28 car parking spaces, a communal residents’ lounge, function room and serviced restaurant.

It is anticipated there will be 14 full-time staff and ten part-time staff providing 24-hour assistance.

Construction is due to start in March 2014, with the apartments due to go on sale in January 2015.

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9:44am Thu 5 Dec 13

sir roy.orbit of chippenham says...

Another employment site bites the dust........replaced by nothing.
Another employment site bites the dust........replaced by nothing. sir roy.orbit of chippenham

10:28am Thu 5 Dec 13

kimcrawley says...

Replaced by nothing jobs, just in time for the new arrivals from Bulgaria and Romania.
Replaced by nothing jobs, just in time for the new arrivals from Bulgaria and Romania. kimcrawley

2:11pm Thu 5 Dec 13

chips-in-ham says...

Replaced by much needed retirement flats, just like the ones they built in the former goldiggers except uuummmm they couldnt sell them all so rented the bottom ones out to shops! Why not put Asda there central location near a bus route main road car park town centre etc, oh no sorry to much sense!!
Replaced by much needed retirement flats, just like the ones they built in the former goldiggers except uuummmm they couldnt sell them all so rented the bottom ones out to shops! Why not put Asda there central location near a bus route main road car park town centre etc, oh no sorry to much sense!! chips-in-ham

7:44pm Thu 5 Dec 13

WiltsWalker says...

They could have built a new shopping centre or parade down there, and had cafes next to the river, but no, they decided on yet more housing.

This town is finished, I am pretty sure of that.
They could have built a new shopping centre or parade down there, and had cafes next to the river, but no, they decided on yet more housing. This town is finished, I am pretty sure of that. WiltsWalker

10:03pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Locksmith says...

All of the above are far too sensible. This council is so annoying and so incompetent. The towns dead I'm afraid.
All of the above are far too sensible. This council is so annoying and so incompetent. The towns dead I'm afraid. Locksmith

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