Chain applies to demolish Barrow pub because of ‘structural failure’
Last updated at 15:29, Monday, 19 August 2013
A PUB which has been closed for more than four months is to be demolished.
Yates’s in Barrow has been shut since the building was found to be structurally unsafe at the end of March.
The town’s multi-storey car park was closed in March after debris fell from the pub and Stonegate Pubs, which owns the pub chain, had remained tight-lipped over its future plans for the building.
It has now applied to Barrow Borough Council to demolish the Duke Street building.
A decision on the application is expected by October 2.
The statement submitted to the council said: “All of the full four-storey facades, including partial side elevation and gables supported by the front elevation, require full demolition due to their structural failure.”
The building dates from the 1880s, and the statement from Stonegate Pubs said: “Much of the building appears to date back to the original period, with the associated deterioration.”
A commercial viability assessment into the building has been carried out.
The application said work to bring the second and third floors, which are vacant and described as “derelict”, into use would cost around £485,000.
And the redevelopment of the lower levels and basement for alternative commercial use would cost around £990,000. It added that work to carry out a full structural rebuild would cost £700,000.
The statement said: “The costs to bring the building into use would vastly outweigh a return on investment and accordingly would be impractical to consider.”
The application said the neighbouring Wilkinson store is built with independent foundations and would remain “fully intact”.
A spokesman for Cumbria County Council said: “We would need to examine the full details of the demolition proposals before considering whether a temporary road closure would be appropriate in this case.”
Mike Fallon, chairman of the Barrow Licensed Vintners Association, said: “It’s a shame it’s got to be demolished and it’s another pub in the town that’s going to go missing.”
He added: “There are plenty of empty properties in the town that they could move into, but that’s up to them.”
A spokeswoman for Yates’s said: “We are currently investigating all possibilities with regard to the future of the Yates building, following extensive investigation into the condition of the building.
“Our company policy when a business closes or moves is to relocate staff wherever possible which we aim to do in all circumstances.”
- What would you like to see the space used for after the pub is demolished?
First published at 15:18, Monday, 19 August 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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I now realise why the Bouncers were forever telling people not to stand or sit on the stairs. The place may have fallen down around their ears.
It would have been nice to have the building reopened with the pub on the ground floor. I Chinese resteraunt in the middle glass bowl as was part of the building in the past & office or housing space on the next two floors.
Barrow council need to do more with the multi story car park & have low long term rents for businesses in the area & free first 30 mins flowed by 15 min price structure
I doubt the council will not put a covenant on the demolition like other councils would so to buy the land back cheep
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