Cavendish House: Demolition looming next year for Dudley eyesore
An eyesore office block in the Black Country could finally be demolished by early 2019, council chiefs have revealed.
Developers and Dudley Council want to bring down the abandoned Cavendish House ahead of a multi-million regeneration of the town.
But the project has faced delays with the demolition date set back a number of times.
Now planning boss councillor Keiran Casey hopes work can start on the Dudley building in the new year.
It would pave the way for a new retail, residential and leisure development in the heart of Dudley.
It would also allow ambitious plans to progress on a new bus station and bring the West Midlands Metro through Dudley.
Councillor Casey said: “This project would help thrust Dudley into the 21st century and modernise the town centre.
“This is one of the key regeneration projects for Dudley, linking in with the metro and the new bus interchange, so I am very keen to ensure that this is moved forward as quickly as possible so that local people can see the positive things moving forward and making a big difference to our town.
“It will hopefully start to be knocked down in early 2019,” he said.
The rundown 85,880 sq ft office block towers over the busy Dudley bypass.
The demolition work will cost £600,000 and the building will taken down piecemeal. The building’s owner, Avenbury, has applied to the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership for the funding.
And a planning application to demolish Cavendish House, based in Trindle Road, is also already in the hands of the council.
Proposals to build a mixture of leisure, residential and retail properties have also been outlined.
The project promises to bring in more shoppers and tourists to Dudley.