Landmark Sandwell College building facing the bulldozer

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A landmark building belonging to Sandwell College will be bulldozed within weeks, it has emerged.

A landmark building belonging to Sandwell College will be bulldozed within weeks, it has emerged.

Sandwell College's building in Pound Road, Oldbury, will be pulled down by Bovis Homes in June and eventually be replaced with 117 homes. It will take four months to clear completely.

It has been a target for vandals since pupils moved to a £77 million campus in Spon Lane in February. Arsonists set a blaze on the ground floor in April.

The Government's Homes and Communities Agency, which took control of the college's West Bromwich High Street building, will use consultants to consider future use, it has emerged.

Bovis Homes spokesman Scott Curtis said: "We are already selling homes on phase one of College Gate, the development. "

The High Street building was formerly owned by Advantage West Midlands.

There are still no concrete plans for it. Sandwell Council is looking at a "mixed use" for the building with shops, offices and homes.

Agency spokeswoman Johanne Thomas said they were working with the council on options.

A sister college site on Crocketts Lane, Smethwick, may be used for houses.

It is on the market but police are using it to train dogs on a no fee basis.

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