Work has begun to demolish a former cinema block in Burnley.
Internal work is underway at the old Studio 123 cinema in the Charter Walk shopping centre.
Burnley Market Hall, which is next to the site, will remain open for business as usual throughout the demolition work, as will the nearby Curzon Street car park.
The demolition will remove an unsightly and underused building and is part of wider plans for the continued regeneration of Burnley town centre.
Coun. Asif Raja, Burnley Council’s executive member for economy and growth, said: “This essential work is part of wider, ongoing plans to redevelop Burnley town centre to attract more people to Burnley and boost the local economy. It will improve the appearance of that part of the shopping centre and pave the way for potential redevelopment in the future.”
Initial work will generally be carried out internally and concentrate on preparing the building for demolition. General site clearance has been completed and controlled works are now underway to remove internal structures to facilitate the demolition/dismantling.
It is expected that this will take a further month or so and that the building will start to be pulled down in the autumn. Preparation work, including scaffolding and working platforms, are expected to start to be put in place shortly.
The vehicle bridge and pedestrian bridge over Bankfield will be the final two elements to be taken down and it is expected that these will be completed towards the end of this year.
Given the size of the building and its town centre location there will be some disruption but the contractors will aim to keep it to a minimum. Surrounding businesses, including the market hall, will remain open throughout.
Reinstatement work will be carried out once demolition is completed to improve the look of the site.