Corby's Roquette building to be demolished to make way for new firm

The large building has been notable landmark on the town's skyline for many years

By Kate Cronin
Monday, 22nd March 2021, 6:59 am
The landmark building is to be demolished

Corby's Roquette building is to be demolished after the firm moved out of the town.

About 135 jobs were lost when the company, which provides plant-based ingredients for food manufacturers, shut down its Sallow Road operation last year.Roquette had been in the town since 2000 when it bought the site for £1.5m from Associated British Foods but had become unprofitable in recent years. Food processing was first begun on the site in 1983 after it was sold yo Eurosugar by the Commission for the New Towns.

Now a planning application has been submitted to Corby Council requesting permission to take down the main seven-level building designed for producing, holding and transferring food ingredients. Some of the food processing equipment will be salvaged, but the site on the Weldon North Industrial Estate will be returned to a level hardstanding.

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Roquette has been in operation in Corby since 2000. £15m was spent upgrading the plant only eight years ago.

It is expected that the work will be complete by August.

The site has been sold to a new company that has not yet been revealed.