A £15 million gateway development to Lichfield has moved a step closer with the start of demolition work at the City Wharf site, owned by Advantage West Midlands.
The scheme will see eight acres of derelict land and buildings next to Lichfield City railway station transformed into a mixed-use scheme of individual office buildings and more than 100 new homes.
Specialist contractors Coleman & Co are expected to complete demolition work by the end of November, ready for a site handover to Redrow, the developers appointed by Lichfield District Council and AWM.
Land acquisition was approved by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, enabling the regional development agency to complete a number of compulsory purchase orders after a detailed consultation process.
Redrow expects to submit a planning application by the end of the month and begin development early in the New Year, with homes and offices available from summer 2007.
Stuart Kirkwood, director of special projects at AWM, said: "City Wharf is an important part of the future regeneration of Lichfield.
"Derelict and contaminated land blights the image of many of our towns and cities and a key role of Advantage West Midlands is to support the acquisition, assembly, reclamation and redevelopment of underutilised sites.
"City Wharf will deliver much needed jobs, business opportunities and homes designed to the latest specification, set in an attractive environment."
Stephen Dodds, of Redrow, said: "Lichfield has been crying out for redevelopment of this derelict site for a long time."
Councillor David Smith, leader of Lichfield District Council, said: "Lichfield is a beautiful city comprised of a mixture of historical and contemporary buildings, and it will be wonderful to bring City Wharf up to the high standard set by the rest of the district."