The Grosvenor Hotel, which housed the stars in the 1960s when they visited Sheffield, has opened its doors for the last time.

We have been on a short tour of the building as it is demolished to make way for the Sheffield Retail Quarter.

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The 1960s-built former five-star hotel is being demolished to make way for the first phase of Sheffield’s new retail quarter, with building work set to commence in Spring next year.

DSM Demolition Limited is carrying out a full demolition on the site, a process that will include asbestos removal and soft stripping of the remaining internal aspects of the building shop fronts and debris. They paused the build so a small number of invited journalists could visit the site.

The Pinstone Street and Furnival Gate elevations are being deconstructed by hand with the remainder of the building demolished mechanically. Heavy machinery in the region of 60 tonnes with a concrete pulveriser attachment that weighs roughly seven tonnes will demolish the lower podium which includes a former car park, storage area and the former Casbah, Music Junkie and Golden harvest stores.

The 10-storey hotel block will be demolished with the use of a 220-tonne high reach (70metre) machine with a concrete pulveriser attachment.

Banking giant HSBC confirmed as the first anchor tenant in a premium office block set for completion in 2019, subject to planning permission.