VIDEO: Sheffield's Grosvenor House Hotel is demolished

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An iconic landmark of Sheffield's past is quickly disappearing to make way for the future of the city.

Demolition machines today began to chip away at the main tower of the building, which has dominated the view from Charter Square for decades.

The building should be gone by the end of the spring, at which point construction on the first phase of the new retail quarter will begin.

The hotel is making way for a new six-storey office block and a range of ground floor shop and restaurant units. The office block will become the new home of HSBC.

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Nearby Charter Square will be completely redesigned, with the roundabout replaced by a single road and a new pedestrianised area that will feature cafes.

Demolition of the main tower of the Grosvenor House Hotel begins.

Demolition of the main tower of the Grosvenor House Hotel begins.

The second phase will involve the demolition of the bulk of buildings between Barkers Pool and the new office block, and the construction of a range of new units - including a new multi-storey car park and a department store which the council hopes will house John Lewis.

A planning application for the second phase has yet to be submitted.

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Demolition begins.

Demolition begins.

The plans for phase one of the retail quarter.

The plans for phase one of the retail quarter.

Demolition should be finished by spring 2018.

Demolition should be finished by spring 2018.

The new office block.

The new office block.

The hotel comes down.

The hotel comes down.