The saga of the redevelopment of the Milford Mills site on the A6 in the centre of Milford has been reported many times on this website – see here for a summary. The latest developers, Chevin Homes, took over the site at the beginning of 2021 and began demolition of the more modern warehouses in May (the stone structures fronting the A6 (The Pattern House) and the chimney are listed and will not be demolished). During the summer residents noticed that the demolition was going at a slow pace – this was mainly due to the large amount of asbestos that was found on the site and the slow and careful way that this had to be removed for safety reasons. This asbestos removal was finally completed at the end of September.
At the time of the last report on this website at the beginning of November (see here), Chevin Homes thought demolition would be complete by the end of November. Two further 50 ton excavators were brought onto the site in October to speed up demolition. Since then Chevin Homes that have said there had been some difficulties with the demolition company (Total) contractually and basically their contract has been terminated, even though the job is not finished. Chevin Homes have now appointed Cawarden as demolition contractors. They started on Monday 14th February 2022 and it is hoped that the site will be cleared within 3/4 weeks. Already, looking through the gates, it can be seen the piles of rubble are rapidly diminishing in size. Chevin Homes still intend to commence building in Spring this year, subject to agreeing all planning points with Amber Valley planners.