Work on clearing a massive site in Huddersfield is progessing well.

Contractors working for South Yorkshire-based Demex have flattened several buildings off Old Leeds Road as part of the huge contract.

But their work to bring down the former Huddersfield Sports Centre is not expected to start until after the Easter holidays.

The firm has won the contract to level the former Sports Centre, two of the three tower blocks of flats at the junction with Leeds Road and a host of commercial and industrial buildings.

It was awarded by Kirklees Council who plan to market the site once it has been levelled.

The Sports Centre has been replaced by the new Huddersfield Leisure Centre.

Work started earlier this month on the Southgate site and the contractors cleared out recycleable materials from many of the buildings before they started knocking them down.

Watch demolition in progress at sports centre site

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They hope to be able to recycle more than 90% of materials from the site, including metal, timber and plastic.

Large timber hoardings are now going up around the entire site, bounded by Leeds Road, Old Leeds Road and Southgate.

The major challenge facing the contractors will be the demolition of the tower blocks of flats. They are named after Huddersfield sporting heroes, swimmer Anita Lonsbrough and athlete Derek Ibbotson.

Demolition of Huddersfield Sports Centre and neighbouring flats begins.

Demex plan to bring in huge cranes to take the flats down piece by piece as a controlled explosion has been ruled out because of the busy roads and also mains services including gas running through the site.

The flats are likely to vanish sometime in the Spring.