Wrecking crews move into Northampton’s Greyfriars bus station building on Monday

The empty offices above Greyfriars
The empty offices above Greyfriars

Wrecking crews will move into the offices above Northampton’s Greyfriars bus station on Monday to begin stripping the building ready for its demolition.

The three-storey office block above the dilapidated bus station has been empty since Barclaycard moved out in 1997.

On Monday, wrecking crews will move into the offices to strip them out and clear the building’s overgrown rooftop gardens.

The work will pave the way for Greyfriars to be demolished once work on the town’s new bus station in nearby Sheep Street is completed next year.

The leader of Northampton Borough Council, Councillor David Mackintosh (Con, Rectory Farm) said: “Greyfriars is beyond repair and we’re now moving forward with plans that will breath new life into this under-used area of town.

“The new bus station will help revitalise this area and will be one of the cornerstones for a bigger and better town centre.”

Greyfriars was built in 1976.

It will be demolished either to make way for an extension to the neighbouring Grosvenor Centre or for another shopping development on the site.

The old bus station will close shortly after the new facility opens in Sheep Street early in 2014.