A FORMER medical building in the centre of Winchester has started to be ripped down.

Work to demolish the Friarsgate Medical Centre began at the start of October, with the potentially valuable internal fittings and fixtures being removed.

Two months on, diggers have been working to start to tear the building down by the end of the year.

The centre will be replaced by an open space as a 'meanwhile use', as part of the larger Central Winchester Regeneration scheme which focuses on the area between the Broadway and Friarsgate.

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Artwork of the former Big Issue seller Kev Collick, by Hendog, remains but it's currently unclear if it will be preserved in some way. 

A planning application for the demolition was permitted in May. The building has been empty since 2014.

An October Winchester City Council meeting heard that the demolition would be complete by Christmas.