WORK to demolish the derelict former ferry terminal building on Weymouth quayside is currently underway.

Demolition of the structure - known as 'building B' - will see the building reduced to ground level.

Work was due to start on January 13, but finally got started last week.

Striking pictures show what it looks like inside the building.

The dilapidated structure is owned by Dorset Council and has been empty since Condor Ferries, which previously provided a link to the Channel Islands and France, switched its services to Poole in 2015, as Weymouth port was unsuitable for a new larger ferry.

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Pictures supplied by a third party to the Echo show the inside of the building amid the demolition work.

Daylight can be seen from inside after half of the building was removed.

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Also pictured are the old staff toilets on the first floor of the building.

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It's also easy to see how the building was once a pleasant place to work - images show sunshine streaming in through former office rooms.

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The decision for Condor to pull out of Weymouth was a major blow as the ferry service had generated around £750,000 a year in income for the harbour.

Around £10 million worth of investment would have been needed to make Weymouth port a viable option.

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Hopes were raised for the 'building B' site in 2019, however, when it was announced that a new Business Centre for Excellence would be built in its place, offering training facilities and offices for small to medium size enterprises.

The centre would have formed part of a wider regeneration project which was awarded a £3.8 million Coastal Communities grant from the government, with Dorset Council contributing the same amount.

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However in October Dorset Council pulled the plug on the business centre, citing financial pressures caused by covid. The council insisted it would still fund the project, but that it wanted to 'keep options open' for future use of the site.

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Part of the regeneration work, to rebuild the crumbling harbour walls, has already been carried out.

Commenting at the time, a spokesman for Dorset Council said: “While the amount of funding we are contributing to the project remains unchanged, we need to gain best value for money for the local community from the development of the area.

"With this in mind, we have determined that building the Centre of Excellence on the Peninsula site needs to be reconsidered.

"This review will help keep our options open for opportunities to develop both the Peninsula and harbour, and find premises for the Centre of Excellence that will provide comparable facilities in a location that we feel is more appropriate and doesn’t limit potential future development of the surrounding area.”