Factory submits refurb plan after major blaze

Major refurbishment plans have been put forward for an industrial unit ravaged by fire in Kirkdale.

In September, smoke could be seen as far as the Wirral as flames took hold at the Olleco site on Foster Street. Once firefighters arrived at the scene just two minutes later they found an industrial building “well alight”.

They estimated the blaze was around 60m by 40m when they arrived at the scene and got to work quickly to try and stop the spread. Now the business has submitted plans to Liverpool Council in a bid to rebuild following the blaze earlier this year.

According to planning cover letter made available by the city council’s planning department, the fire has “severely compromised the ability to process used cooking oil on site” and the business needs to “obtain planning as quickly as possible, to allow the rebuild to commence and ensure they can operate back at capacity as soon as possible.” A total of nine fire engines, an aerial appliance and a high volume pump were at the scene of September’s blaze but there were no reports of any serious injuries. 

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service confirmed the fire had spread to the roof after more than 90 minutes fighting the flames.

The fresh plans would include the demolition of the existing damaged unit and installation of a smaller building within the site footprint. The planning documents said: “The existing roof is severely damaged together with internal plant.

“The new building will have the same ridge level albeit with a simpler pitched roof. The new building will enable the business to operate more efficiently.”

Site owners and operators Olleco provide the food and hospitality sectors with a range of services to convert their waste resources into renewable energy. This includes the collection and processing of cooking oils, as with the Kirkdale site.

The firm was established in 2006 and has 14 sites including its North Liverpool location. A date has not been confirmed for the plans to be considered by Liverpool Council’s planning department.


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