New lease of life for eyesore factory

Pendle Projects has purchased the former TMS building in Crownest Road in Barnoldswick from Albert Hartley's and is planning a comprehensive refurbishment. (S)

Pendle Projects has purchased the former TMS building in Crownest Road in Barnoldswick from Albert Hartley's and is planning a comprehensive refurbishment. (S)

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An industrial building which has been a blot on the Barnoldswick landscape for years has been acquired by local developer Pendle Projects.

Known as the TMS building, it was part of the Albert Hartley’s complex, but has been vacant for several years, falling into disrepair and becoming an eyesore.

Local councillors had called for the building to either be improved or demolished and Albert Hartley’s had made arrangements for the building to be pulled down.

Instead, a deal has been agreed with Pendle Projects who plan a comprehensive refurbishment to create four commercial/industrial units.

The units will be for sale or to let and are being marketed by Trevor Dawson and Co in Burnley. Demolition of part of the site is to start imminently with the refurbishment works due to start shortly thereafter.

Mark Taylforth, managing director of Pendle Projects, said: “Although these buildings currently look terrible from the outside, the internal frames and floors are fine and will provide a good base to refurbish the site.

“Once finished, the look of the buildings will be transformed and the units will provide, modern, clear span workspace. Each unit will have its own yard area at the back for loading and secure storage.”