WORK is under way to clear redundant buildings to make way for a new city centre development.
Demolition work is starting on redundant properties on Holmeside in Sunderland. It forms part of preparatory work on the wider Holmeside Triangle site.
Asbestos and materials of value have been stripped from the properties, with internal works already under way to make the final demolition a quick job.
The old Kwik Save supermarket and car park were cleared last year to make way for new developments.
Part of the site is earmarked for a new campus for Sunderland College, and a planning application has already been lodged with the city council.
If the planning application is approved, it will see courses transferred from its Hylton site, with 2,000 students and 120 staff to be based in the buildings, close to Park Lane bus station.
It is hoped the new campus will bring a much-needed economic boost to the city centre.
Work on that section of the site is likely to begin in autumn.
The next phase of demolition will see limited road closures in place next month when the front of the former shops and clubs are dismantled.
A spokesman for the Homes and Communities Agency said: “The closures are a precaution to protect members of the public while the work is taking place next to footpaths.
“When completed, the college campus and the development at Holmeside will help ensure that the area between Park Lane and Sunniside becomes a vibrant new quarter for the city.”