Engineering giant Rolls-Royce has been given the all-clear to demolish well-known buildings at its civil aerospace division – including one which is believed to have got its name because it resembles a liquorice allsort.
Last month, the firm lodged an application with Derby City Council to pull down two large buildings that look onto Victory Road – the road which currently runs through the middle of the Sinfin site.
The company can now proceed with the demolition of the buildings after the authority said it had “no objections” to the plan.
The two buildings to be knocked down are called the Quantum Building and the Bassett Block.
The Quantum Building covers more than 2,000 sq metres and was previously used as workshops and storage warehousing.
The Bassett Block is a three-storey rectangular flat-roofed former office block, which is clearly visible from Victory Road.
The Quantum building was previously used as workshops and for storage
It is understood that Bassett was not the building’s official name when it first opened.
But Rolls-Royce staff gave it that nickname because they felt it resembled a liquorice allsort – and named it after Bertie Bassett, the mascot of the sweet’s manufacturer.
The demolition of both the Bassett Block and the Quantum building clears the way for wider modernisation plans at the Sinfin site, which were first announced by Rolls-Royce almost three years ago
At the time, the firm said it planned to invest “significantly” to update its civil aerospace site – replacing ageing structures and building a brand new “aerospace campus”.
An artist’s impression of the Rolls-Royce aerospace campus
As part of the plans to update the site, the firm is currently realigning Victory Road so instead of cutting the Rolls-Royce site in two, it will run around the north-eastern edge of the site, connecting Merrill Way to Moor Lane.
Work on the £7 million project is already underway and is due to be completed by summer 2018.
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Once open, the existing stretch from Moor Lane to Wilmore Road will shut, paving the way for the new £100 million-plus campus.
The campus, which received outline planning permission for in 2015, will include a £90 million test bed.
Rolls-Royce received planning permission for the test bed this month.
Source: Derby Telegraph