GOING, going, gone - Images nightclub has disappeared forever as the building is demolished.

The popular nightclub which entertained thousands of revellers for decades has disappeared from The Butts.

The derelict building, which dated back to the 1870s, has been totally demolished so work can begin on building student accommodation on the site.

Thorneloe Developments is transforming the site into an 83-bed purpose built site.

Work started in mid-November with developer Thorneloe planning to turn it into housing.

The company shared a photo of the site with scaffolding up ahead of the demolition.

A spokesman for Thorneloe said the site's location made the demolition more complex than usual.

They did say, though, they were planning to have the work completed by 2023.

They said: "Demolition of the former Images Nightclub is now underway so calls for a "last hurrah" for "old times' sake" at Images won't be happening, sadly.

"It is difficult to say exactly how long the demolition will take, but given the site's sensitive location within the city centre, we'll be doing everything we can to minimise the disruption along The Butts.

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"We anticipate the build period will take around 12 months from the start of construction and therefore completion should happen in early 2023."

It was originally granted planning permission back in 2019 with the site earmarked for housing.

The original 112-bed plan was altered to an 110-bed nine-storey plan to make the accommodation building the same height as The Hive.

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A subsequent plan asked for permission to build a 100-bed building but this was soon reduced to 89 beds before finally settling on an 83-bed building.

After years as one of the top nightspots in Worcester, the building has been empty since its later reincarnation as Funk nightclub closed down in February 2012.

In 2014, the city council's licensing sub-committee gave the green light to the site becoming a club named Mamma Jammas.

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The club was aimed at the over 30s and the plans had fierce opposition from West Mercia Police who believed the venue would increase crime in the area.

But the plans never came to fruition and the building remained an eyesore.