Diggers have moved in to knock down a historic Sheffield building at the centre of a long drawn-out planning battle.
Work to demolish the Grade II listed Edwardian wing of the former Jessop Hospital began yesterday.
Campaigners had fought to stop the controversial move by The University of Sheffield, which is to build an £80m engineering block on the site off Broad Lane, but they lost a bid for judicial review.
Student Harriet Drouin, of Crookes, was watching the work take place.
The 25-year-old said: “I think they could have kept the building. It is being ripped down for nothing.”
A university spokesman confirmed site preparation and demolition had begun.