Durham County Council has begun demolition of an eyeore building after its owners failed to comply with legal notices to carry out the work themselves.
Drive 2 Data building, in Seaham - formerly the Noah’s Ark public house - had become derelict and old vehicles and rubble were being stored to its rear.
Its owners were issued with a notice in August 2018 requiring them to demolish it and remove all waste from the site.
When this did not happen, and a further notice was ignored, the council began demolition and the owner will be required to reimburse the cost.
A council spokesman said: “The condition and appearance of the building has had a detrimental impact on the character of the area.
“We have tried to work with the owners previously and that offer will remain open if they approach us with a viable option for the future of the site.
"We hope this can mark the start of a new chapter for this area.”