WATCH: Time-lapse video of preparations for new Wear Crossing

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Preparatory work for the £117million new Wear Crossing is gathering pace - and this time-lapse video shows the changing face of Sunderland’s riverside.

Progress has stepped up in recent weeks, with work under way in the river on foundations to support the bridge’s 105m-tall pylon.

The time-lapse video shows the demolition of disused warehouses.

The time-lapse video shows the demolition of disused warehouses.

The videos show the demolition of disused warehouses on the bridge site, and the construction of a bank on the south side of the river.

Local workers and firms reaping benefits of new Wear Crossing

* The Echo has joined forces with Sunderland City Council to find a name for the bridge.

The first phase will agree on a theme for the name, after which people will be asked to vote on their favourite from a shortlist.

To take part in the naming consultation, go to www.newwearcrossing.co.uk.