Work has started to demolish a former bank to re-open a link in a busy part of Coventry City Centre.
The £2 million funding from the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) has paved the way for the former Nationwide building to be dismantled as part of plans to re-establish the link between Broadgate and Hertford Street.
The first phase of the work will also involve removing the existing concrete pavement slabs by Nottingham-based CMEC Demolition and is due to be completed towards the end of September.
Work will then begin on the second phase to install new paving from Broadgate Square to Hertford Street as a continuation of the work already carried out in Broadgate which is expected to be finished by the end of 2018.
It will be the first time for 50 years that the link from Broadgate to Hertford Street has been opened to the public and as part of preparatory work, Coventry City Council secured planning permission to remove the 1970s Nationwide building and return the Grade II listed Broadgate House building to its original design.
All businesses are still open during the work.