Demolition starts at Norwich Bally shoe factory site

Bally factory demolition
Image caption The giant Bally chimney that has dominated the area since the 1960s will be demolished by mid-February

Demolition has started on the factory site of one of the last shoemakers in Norwich.

The Bally Shoe factory, on Hall Road, is to make way for a supermarket, petrol station, community centre, gym, business units and a pub restaurant.

The new project is expected to create more than 400 jobs.

Norwich city councillor, Keith Driver, said he was sad to see the factory go but welcomed the new community facilities.

Many people on the local estate lost their jobs when the historic factory shut and it remained empty for many years, Mr Driver said.

Image caption Thousands of tonnes of rubble will be taken to the Broads National Park to make walkways

"As much of the old site as possible is to be recycled and a new road layout would avoid any congestion."

Mark Bennett, construction manager with main contractor Mace, said much of the rubble from the demolition would be used to build walkways in the Broads National Park.

A spokesman for Asda, owners of the new supermarket, said: "The new development represents a significant investment in south Norwich and will generate many jobs for local people.

"The initial demolition work will take three months, before we commence building the store and other facilities.

"We will continue to update the community on the development as we progress."

The store is due to be open in time for Christmas.

Image caption The site had been empty for many years and the administration block had been attacked by vandals
Image caption Asda said the store and business park would create up to 400 jobs

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