Work on the most complex part of the demolition of Sheffield’s Castle Market is set to start.
The project to knock down the old market – which has been replaced by the new £18 million Moor Market – began this year and is due to be completed by November.
Earlier this month the iconic sign that welcomed shoppers was removed and now contractor Kier is set to begin the top-down deconstruction of the tower block.
A Sheffield Council spokesman said when scaffolding was complete, a remotely operated machine called a BROKK would be lifted by crane on to the roof.
They said it was the ‘most complex aspect of the demolition’ and would begin soon.
The spokesman added: “Demolition works remain on programme to be completed in November 2015.
“Things are going well with no major issues so far and the site remains safe and secure.
“Both accessible parts of the castle ruins are well protected and regularly monitored during the demolition works to ensure they are not damaged.
“The progress of the physical demolition works on site is fairly obvious now given that you can see right through from one side to the other from both Waingate and Exchange Street.”
The former meat and fish market has been completely demolished down to slab level and most of the ‘new’ market infill has also gone. The lower office block is almost halfway down.
Castle Market closed in November 2013 as the new Moor Market opened.
At the Moor Market, an advertisement has been released saying there is an ‘urgent requirement’ for a fish and chip shop as well as a florists to move there.
The council said there was a need for the shops in the market. Four weeks of free rent is offered to all new traders. Events at the market this summer are to include mini golf sessions, puppet shows, table tennis and reading sessions.
On Tramlines weekend, shoppers can win a hamper and ‘meet and greet’ events with children’s characters are also planned.