The atrium running through the Central Library building has been pulled down in a milestone moment for demolition works.
Live video and images taken by the Mail shows the internal structure of the divisive John Madin building being ripped away in large chunks.
Now, the atrium, where Hooters and Wetherspoon’s were previously housed, has been torn down by high-reach excavators, opening out the concrete building.
In all, more than 30,000 cubic metres of concrete, enough to fill 12 Olympic-sized swimming pools, will be crushed, half of which will be re-used on site.
The focus will soon shift to the bridge link between the library and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG).
The road network has already been routed away and scaffolding will go up to cover the section that joins BMAG, when hand tools will be used to separate the link from the façade, to safeguard the historic building, prior to the dismantling of the bridge.
The demolition work is being carried out to make way for the £500 million Paradise regeneration scheme – a once-in-a-generation transformation of the city centre to break down part of the so-called “concrete collar”.
Construction of the first phase of Paradise, which will comprise two office buildings totalling more than 350,000 sq ft together with the enhancement of Chamberlain Square, is due to begin in mid-2016.
Demolition work in January