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Newsletter 128 Spring 2020   Hampshire Mills Group

 

 

Solent Flour Mills

 

From BBC Hampshire News and Daily Echo

Solent Flour Mills, the landmark art-deco building which has graced Southampton's waterfront for more than 80 years, is to be demolished.

Daily Echo

Associated British Ports (ABP) has submitted plans to raze the six-storey Solent Flour Mills building within Western Docks.  It said re-purposing the building, which has been unused since Hovis ended production there in 2018, was "not financially viable or feasible".  ABP said it needed to "optimise the amount of ground level storage" within the port.  "Given the specialist nature of the activity that took place within the facility, re-purposing the building is not financially viable or feasible."  It said the work would begin within three months and would take about 40 weeks to complete.

Heritage campaigners said it was a "key link with our industrial past".  City councillor Sarah Bogle called on ABP to at least preserve the "most historic aspects" of the building, reports the Local Democracy Reporting Service.  "We need to work with ABP to find alternative solutions to demolition, bring other partners in and instead of losing a much-loved part of our heritage, find a new purpose for the building that benefits both the city and the port."

The mills, built by Joseph Rank (the founder of Rank Hovis McDougall), were completed in October 1934, and heralded the beginning of a new commercial life for Southampton Docks.

It was the first building constructed on 200 acres of reclaimed land, set aside by the Southern Railway for industrial development that was to establish Southampton as a major centre of industry and commerce.

 

Daily Echo (1950)

 

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