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Demolition of long-abandoned Klinger Factory approved by Bromley Council

PUBLISHED: 11:07 26 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:26 26 April 2017

Klinger Factory Sidcup

Klinger Factory Sidcup

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Property management company, Chancerygate, are the first owners since it’s been abandoned to have site plans approved

Plans to demolish most of the long-abandoned Klinger Factory in Sidcup were approved at a Bromley Council planning meeting on Tuesday night.

Planning documents reveal that most of the building on Edgington Way will be demolished and redeveloped as an industrial park, however the Grade II listed clock tower and wings on either side will remain untouched.

The listed building was bought from Ikea last year by property management company Chancerygate, for an undisclosed amount.

The company will now replace the buildings behind the clock tower with 15 industrial units, each accompanied with a mezzaine, along with a two-storey commercial and storage unit built to the east of the building - which storage company, Titan, will be moving into as soon as it’s built.

Spokesperson for Chancerygate, Duncan Lamb, said: “The starting gun has been fired, now we can start progressing with the revitalisation of the listed building, which is our priority as Titan are set to move in there.

“There are already interested parties, but as most of the buildings have not been built we haven’t started putting evaluations to sell or let the property just yet, it’s a great location with good transport links.

“These sites are not typically generative of large amounts of traffic, we’re not talking about a shopping centre with 300 cars an hour, and during the work to develop the site, it’s very much a matter of getting the material on site.

“The buildings we’re creating are not as complex as a shopping centre or flats, part of the planning consultation looks at the impact on traffic, and no concerns were raised.”

Councillor Peter Dean, chairman of Development Control Committee, said: “This was a welcome application, with the proposal sympathetically dealing with what remains a listed building because of the architectural features. Sadly, the frontage building was placed upon Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register but we are optimistic that this planning approval will lead to the building being removed from the register.”

Councillor Peter Morgan, executive for Renewal and Recreation, said: “This will provide employment opportunities and is very positive news and further evidence of what we have said previously, that there is strong demand for commercial units within our Borough, where business is prospering. This is part of the reason that we say that Bromley is a place to locate your business and for investment.”

The factory gets its name from the engineering firm Richard Klinger Ltd who built the building back in 1937. It was later sold to pipe-company Trouvay and Cauvain before closing in the 1990s.

Since then both Tesco and Ikea have had plans to build stores on the site, turned down, and in 2013 the clock tower was nearly destoryed by a fire.

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