Southampton City Council said it had obtainedDemolition Companies UK notification from Associated British Ports (ABP) of its aim to bring down the Solent Flour Mills building at Western Docks.
Heritage campaigners had known as for the 86-yr-antique constructing to be saved and stated its loss would be “a tragedy”.
ABP stated not one of the proposals to reuse the building were “appropriate”.
The mill, constructed on newly reclaimed land at the docks in the Thirties, has been unused considering Hovis ceased milling operations in 2018.
It changed into designed by architect Sir Alfred Gedler who was additionally at the back of the Baltic Flour Mills in Gateshead, now converted into a current artwork gallery.
ABP said it had “engaged demolition contractors for the site”
Historic England turned down an utility to have it indexed in 2019.
In January, ABP introduced its purpose to raze the constructing below accepted development guidelines.
More than 1,two hundred humans signed a petition calling for it to be saved.
Southampton City Council stated despite the fact that the demolition did no longer require planning permission, it was knowledgeable of the technique of demolition which become due to start on 15 July, in keeping with the Local Democracy Reporting Service.
City councillor Sarah Bogle said there was “a number of affection” for the building.
“We want to be extra ambitious and display off Southampton’s brilliant historical past. It’s an opportunity overlooked for the city,” she said.
The mill has ruled the skyline of the port for more than 80 years
An ABP spokesperson confirmed demolition work had all started.
A spokesperson stated: “Over the beyond yr, we’ve consulted with some of people and businesses to discover alternative uses for the website but unluckily no financially feasible proposals were put forward.
“The constructing, which has been altered over many a long time and partially rebuilt following damage within the conflict, occupies a primary seven-acre web site in the port complicated. This area is wanted via the port as we are seeking to maintain and develop employment in Southampton.”
The port said it’d create a “complete report of the building in its current shape” to be shared with the metropolis’s museum.
The demolition work is expected to take 40 weeks.
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