Demolition contractors have now taken control of the Central Plaza site.
Prior to the demolition of the main building, the contractors will undertake enabling works that will ensure that adjacent and adjoining buildings are protected.
Over the next few weeks they will also be creating a platform for the specialist long reach demolition vehicle to access the rear of the main building.
Carlisle City Council spokesperson said: “The design team has explored all options to safely demolish the building unfortunately due to the loading restrictions on Victoria Viaduct, the demolition vehicle will need to access the site from West Walls and demolition will be undertaken from the rear of the building towards the front. This will contain the debris field.
“When safe to do so, we will attempt to salvage the ornate carvings from the side of the building. These will then be in the ownership of Carlisle City Council.
“The work started on site today (Monday 11 November) and is likely to take between three and four months but will be completed as quickly and safely as possible. Contractors will continue to work over the Christmas period.
“The site continues to be secure and 24-hour security is in place with CCTV monitoring in place to prevent unauthorised access behind the debris field.
“We continue to support businesses and are proposing to put in place a hardship fund for businesses directly affected. We have also set-up a hotline which will enable those businesses affected to have direct access to the support team. The number is 01228 817444 or email [email protected]”