A Huddersfield engineering company has begun demolishing a disused building as part of plans to “tidy up” its edge-of-town site.

Thomas Broadbent and Sons Ltd said the work to tear down its Brockholes Building would take about two weeks.

The cleared site, which is bounded by Queen Street South, Chapel Street and Chapel Hill, will then be used to provide extra parking for its 140 employees.

The work is part of a long-term investment programme by the centrifuge manufacturer after plans to sell part of its site to Asda for a new supermarket came to nothing.

Demolition work at Broadbents, Queen Street South, Huddersfield.
Demolition work at Broadbents, Queen Street South, Huddersfield.
 

The company had premises on both sides of Queen Street South, but is consolidating all its operations on the firm’s main site which is bordered by Queen Street South, Milford Street, Chapel Hill and the ring road.

The University of Huddersfield plans to develop Broadbent’s land on the other side of Queen Street South close to the university’s Queensgate campus. Those premises have been used by Broadbent mainly for storage. The main site across the road includes its head office, factory and design department.

Broadbent has already completed the re-roofing of its 30,000sq ft factory and has refurbished the upper floor of the head office block, which had been unused for several years.

Demolition work at Broadbents, Queen Street South, Huddersfield.
Demolition work at Broadbents, Queen Street South, Huddersfield.
 

Mr Simon Broadbent said the company also planned to refurbish existing equipment and invest in new machinery as the economic outlook was now more positive, saying: “We will spend quite a lot on the factory here over the next few years.”

The Brockholes Building was constructed between the two world wars and was previously owned by the Brockholes Motor Company, which used it for its body shop and repairs. It later housed Broadbent’s drawing office and company archive.

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