DEMOLITION is underway at a historic social club.
The old Hartlepool Rovers Quoit Club, in Grainger Street, in the town, is on its way down as part of a £9m regeneration programme.
Work was started on Saturday and council bosses say they expect the demolition to be completed next month.
Demolition of the popular club comes as part of a major scheme which, when complete, will have seen a total of 199 houses in Perth Street, Hurworth Street, Grainger Street, Gray Street, Turnbull Street and Raby Road knocked down.
They will be replaced by 83 new high-quality family homes.
Hartlepool Rovers Quoit Club moved to the former Iona Club, in Easington Road, at the end of October, ahead of the demolition of the old site.
A Hartlepool Borough Council spokesman said: “The Rovers Quoit Club formed part of the Raby Road regeneration area which is a priority housing market renewal site identified within the North Central Hartlepool Masterplan.
“As part of the regeneration of this area, the council worked closely with the Rovers Quoit Club to identify suitable alternative accommodation and relocate them to their new fully refurbished premises on Easington Road.
“This complemented the regeneration work at Easington Road and provided vital frontage along Raby Road, needed for a successful housing development following demolition.
“The demolition is due to be completed by June with the development of new family homes by Keepmoat Homes commencing shortly after.”