Work on the demolition of an entire row of houses in Northampton is now well underway.
This morning saw demolition work continue in Tanner Street with the second of 10 empty homes being broken up, which will be followed by a number of business units at the end of the road.
The land will initially become a temporary base for National Grid workers while they take down the nearby gas holder, which has not been used for more than six months.
Scott Lewis, a manger at National Grid, said: “We will actually start with the water tank that’s underneath the gas holder and once we have back-filled that, we’ll start on the large surface structure everyone can see.”
Plans for the redevelopment of the site were first revealed in 2008.
The West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (WNDC) has bought up all the houses and the organisation is now leading the project to knock them down.
The houses in Tanner Street, the business units, and the landmark gas holder - as well as a second gas holder on the other side of Towcester Road - will be demolished to make way for a 215,000sq ft office development.
The 10 properties in Tanner Street are all that remain of a number of homes which once stood in the area.
Some people who had lived in the houses had been there for more than 60 years.
After the WNDC bought the homes, all of them were vacated by the end of May this year. A number of businesses which are also on the site will also be relocated to other parts of the town.
Peter Mawson of the WNDC said: “It may seem like knocking down a few bricks, but it is very symbolic. This is the beginning of this phase of the enterprise Zone.
“What will stand here will be a significant employment opportunity and a building with a capital value of about £50 miilion.
“The fact it is in such a visible spot hopefully shows people how quickly development in Northampton is moving forward.”