Going, going, gone! Fletchers Walk and old Birmingham Conservatoire buildings bulldozed as £700m Paradise project gathers pace
It was the dingy, rundown shopping centre which was a relic of Birmingham's concrete jungle.
But now demolition teams are clearing Fletchers Walk to make way for the £700 million Paradise development.
A huge digger sits on a pile of rubble where the much-maligned centre once stood.
Work to knock down the former Royal Birmingham Conservatoire headquarters and Adrian Boult Hall next door has also started.
New pictures show the views from above as work continues in clearing the site at the heart of the city.
The buildings sat alongside Birmingham's Central Library as monuments to the city's Brutalist architecture
The city's Brutalist architecture grew in the 1960s and 70s mainly under the direction of city architect John Madin.
Fletchers Walk was home to various shops, bars and restaurants including Spanish eatery Casa Paco, the Moroccan Zagora restaurant, Subside bar and the Body Garden Tattoo parlour.
It shut back in 2015 as plans gathered pace to knock down the centre along Birmingham's Central Library and Paradise Forum shopping area.
The centre became notorious for its appearance with its low ceilings and dark walkways turning many shoppers off.
But Fletchers Walk did have a final lease of life when plans for its transformation were agreed.
With Paradise Forum closed off as work to knock down the central library got under way, Fletchers Walk was made the main route for people getting from Broad Street and Centenary Square to Victoria Square.
Its walls were painted white, new lights were hung up and the shops cleared with bright boards showcasing the Paradise plans.
Yet the walkway finally closed last month to allow the bulldozers to move in.
Birmingham Conservatoire has moved to a purpose-built £57 million venue on the Eastside of the city.
The first phase of the Paradise project includes 355,000 sq ft of office space – which has been let to business services company PwC – aimed at meeting demand from the city's growing business sector.
Chamberlain Square will also be revamped with work completed next year.
Work on the office buildings at One and Two Chamberlain Square will be complete in 2019.
A planning application will be submitted for the second stage of the scheme, One Centenary Way - a further office development.
For details visit www.paradisebirmingham.co.uk