Engineering giant Rolls-Royce has been given the green light to demolish more redundant buildings at its civil aerospace site in Derby.
Last month, the firm lodged an application with Derby City Council to pull down a combustion rig, a compressor house and pump house buildings at part of its Sinfin base known as A Site, in Victory Road.
At one time, the buildings, known as 56A, 56C and 58, were used in the development and testing of engines.
Now, the buildings are set to be pulled down after the city council raised no objections to Rolls-Royce’s proposals.
The authority’s planning department said: “The local planning authority does not wish to control the method of demolition nor does it require details of the proposed restoration of the site.”
According to the planning documents that were submitted as part of the application, the decision to demolish the buildings is part of a “rolling development programme” to modernise the site, which includes realigning Victory Road and constructing a new £90 million test bed.
Last month, the company was given the all-clear by the city council to demolish two buildings at its civil aerospace division, including one which is believed to have got its name because it resembles a liquorice allsort.
Those buildings are the Quantum Building and the Bassett Block.
Rolls-Royce was recently given the all-clear to demolish the Bassett Block in Victory Road
The Bassett Block is a three-storey rectangular flat-roofed former office block. Rolls-Royce staff gave it the “Bassett” nickname because they felt it resembled a liquorice allsort and named it after Bertie Bassett, mascot of the sweet’s manufacturer.
Plans to modernise the civil aerospace site were 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”.
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As part of 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 underway and is due to be completed by the summer.
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 the new test bed.
Source: Derby Telegraph