Old build­ings make way for new shops

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS - KAREN BRITTON

SHOP­PERS have been tak­ing the chance to say good­bye to an iconic Mac­cles­field town cen­tre build­ing be­fore it is flat­tened.

Bull­doz­ers are con­tin­u­ing work to de­mol­ish the old Cheshire Build­ing So­ci­ety to al­low the ex­pan­sion of the neigh­bour­ing Grosvenor Cen­tre mall, where four large new shops will be built.

But as the old build­ing so­ci­ety is taken apart, res­i­dents with mem­o­ries of the build­ing have been tak­ing the chance to get a fi­nal look at it.

The 100-year-old build­ing was orig­i­nally the old post of­fice and tele­phone ex­change.

It then be­came the head­quar­ters for the Cheshire Build­ing So­ci­ety, which was es­tab­lished in Mac­cles­field in 1870, but closed af­ter merg­ing with Na­tion­wide in 2008.

Grosvenor Cen­tre man­ager Ed Kennedy said: “The re­sponse from the peo­ple of Mac­cles­field has been fan­tas­tic and plenty of shop­pers have been tak­ing time to stop and watch the de­mo­li­tion. Peo­ple have mem­o­ries of the build­ing.

“The other day three ladies were peer­ing through the grill and one said she used to work at the post of­fice and that her daugh­ter worked in the build­ing so­ci­ety, and asked for a brick as a sou­venir. We said of course and cleaned one up for her to take home. Peo­ple are proud of their town. Peo­ple are glad to hear we’re keep­ing the orig­i­nal fa­cade of the build­ing so­ci­ety.”

Eskmuir Se­cu­ri­ties, which owns the shop­ping cen­tre, is spend­ing £11m on the ex­pan­sion. It is hoped the new ex­ten­sion will at­tract big brands.

A new glass canopy will be built over the en­trance to the mall on Cas­tle Street and the new shops will be linked up with the rest of the Grosvenor Cen­tre.

The de­mo­li­tion ma­chines are pick­ing out steel, tim­ber and brick for re­cy­cling, so far fill­ing 66 lor­ries with brick and rub- ble and 17 with steel.

Mr Kennedy said: “It’s a huge un­der­tak­ing and I’m thrilled with the progress. The struc­tural steel work is set to be com­plete in the summer so shop­pers will be able to see the skele­ton of the new de­vel­op­ment grow­ing over the coming weeks.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to hav­ing all of the works com­pleted in Spring 2018.

“We’re in talks with a num­ber of in­ter­ested par­ties over the new units and we’ll be an­nounc­ing them in due course.

“It’s an ex­cit­ing time for Mac­cles­field town cen­tre.”

To see a video of the de­mo­li­tion work, go to mac­cles­field­ex­press. co.uk.

Above and top right, de­mo­li­tion work to the neigh­bour­ing build­ings gets un­der­way for the new shop­ping cen­tre

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.