Oldham's Park Road Warehouse to be pulled down

A Victorian warehouse in Oldham is to be pulled down after inspectors found it was in "imminent danger" of collapse.

The Grade II listed Park Road Warehouse was built in 1876 for the Oldham, Ashton and Guide Bridge railway.

Oldham Council had hoped to find investment to redevelop the building, but no viable scheme was found.

The warehouse was served with an urgent demolition order, after an inspection by English Heritage and the council.

A spokesman for the council said: "The warehouse is now believed to be in imminent danger of a partial collapse - and a potential wider collapse of the building."

'Offered for £1'

Barriers have been installed in Park Road, close to the junction with Kings Road, for public safety.

Councillor Dave Hibbert, cabinet member for housing, transport and regeneration, said the building had become a "symbol of decline" for the area.

The council had tried to sell it for £1 but were still unable to find a buyer.

He added: "We need to carry out demolition works as quickly as possible here to minimise the potential health and safety risks this building now poses to the public.

"The issues here are structural and serious and a collapse could now occur without any warning or external cause."

Mr Hibbert urged people to stay away from the site until the building had been pulled down.

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