Iconic building demolished at last — after bats poser

RAZED TO THE GROUND -- the iconic office block at the Rolls-Royce site in Hucknall

RAZED TO THE GROUND -- the iconic office block at the Rolls-Royce site in Hucknall

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THE DEMOLITION of an iconic building at Rolls-Royce in Hucknall has finally gone ahead — nine months after the original project was halted by claims that bats were nesting there.

The large two-storey office-block at the company’s base off Watnall Road was built in the 1960s.

It previously housed the drawing offices on the top floor, while the ground floor was home to technical staff.

It became redundant and has stood empty for almost three years.

Now, as our photo graphically shows, the bulldozers have moved in to raze the building to the ground.

Last year, however, the whole scheme for the site was put in jeopardy after a member of staff at Rolls spotted a bat flying from a water tower on the roof of the structure.

Ironically this all happened at Hallowe’en, and investigations suggested that the mammals had set up home in the building.

Natural England was brought in and a survey later found no evidence of bats, paving the way for the demolition. — DISPIC NHUD11-1902-5.