The demolition of the old council offices in Weymouth will go ahead as planned despite delays to the archaeological dig.

The excavation of the North Quay site was planned to be finished on Wednesday, November 15, but Dorset Council has confirmed it has been delayed by a 'couple more weeks' and is not likely to finish until the end of the month.

North Quay was built in the 1960s and was once home to Weymouth and Portland Borough Council

Dorset Council received planning permission in July to demolish the building after an archaeological excavation.

Evidence from the battles of the Civil War have also been found as two cannonballs were unearthed from the clay- with archaeologists suspecting a ball went through the roof of one of the houses.

Poor weather over recent weeks hampered the progress of the archaeological dig.

Dorset Council has confirmed that the demolition of the main building is still set to take place between December 4, 2023 and January 15, 2024.

Following the demolition the car park will be reinstated from February 13 until March 28.

These dates may still be subject to change and severe weather may disrupt the programme slightly.

North Quay is one of three key sites in Weymouth which have been earmarked for a share of a £19.5m investment boost following the council’s successful bid to the government’s Levelling Up Fund last year.