DEMOLITION work on Rotherham’s law courts was open to public view for the first time this week.
The dismantling and stripping out of the disused building started in July and is being carried out Rotherham based contractor G. Morley Ltd.
Over the summer, workers have been stripping the internal of the building and preparing the surrounding area for external demolition.
Now, work has started in earnest, with plans on track for the site to be flattened by the end of the year.
Forge Island is a key part in plans to regenerate the town centre, as part of the town centre masterplan, which includes its use as a major leisure destination with a cinema, hotel, and eateries.
The council’s Cabinet member for jobs and the local economy, Cllr Denise Lelliott, said a decision on the use of the former law courts was still to be made, but the site was central to redevelopment of the Forge Island area.
She said: “Forge Island is a major component of a reinvigorated town centre and will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of adjacent sites.
“Our ultimate aim is to have more people living, working and spending their leisure time in the town centre and development of the law courts site will enable us to move forward with those plans.”