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Heygate Estate demolition enters final stage

Heygate Estate Image copyright PA
Image caption The Heygate Estate was designed in the 1960s by Tim Tinker and completed in the early 1970s
Heygate Estate Image copyright PA
Image caption The estate was once home to more than 3,000 people
Heygate Estate Image copyright PA
Image caption The first phase of demolition has already finished
Heygate Estate Image copyright PA
Image caption Demolition of the Heygate Estate began in 2011
Heygate Estate Image copyright PA
Image caption The estate was used as a backdrop for the Michael Caine movie Harry Brown

The last stages of the demolition of an estate in south-east London have begun.

The Heygate Estate in Elephant and Castle is being redeveloped by Southwark Council as part of a £1.5bn regeneration scheme.

The entire estate will be knocked down to create shops, public spaces and 2,500 new homes.

The first phase of demolition has already finished and 235 new homes at Trafalgar Place are being built by the property developer Lend Lease.

The remains of the estate are being carefully taken apart using a combination of demolition and deconstruction, bringing down the buildings in the reverse of how they were built four decades ago, the council said.

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