GROUND work has begun on a £3million retail and housing redevelopment in St Marychurch, Torquay.
Agents behind the revamp at the former GA building site say they are pleased to finally have contractors on site.
Mark Newton, director of Total Property Solutions who are acting on behalf of landowners Freshwater Group, said: "Work has finally started on site which I am sure will be a great relief to everybody.
"We are getting the site established with fencing and accommodation for the workers ahead of the demolition work."
The scheme was finally given the go-ahead last year after two years of talks between councillors, planners and developers.
It includes the demolition of the former GA building which has been empty for about 10 years.
Trio short-listed for awards
THREE Torbay businesses are flying the flag for the South West.
The Somerville Hotel, Agatha Christie Festival organisers the English Riviera Tourism Company, and Claire Preece, from Kents Cavern in Torquay, are all short-listed in this year's South West Tourism awards.
Riverford Farm Field Kitchen is also one of the winners in the Taste of the West section and River Dart Adventures at Ashburton in the small visitor attraction of the year award.
The Torbay winners were among 300 entries.
Chris Hart, chairman of the ERTC, said: "I am delighted the work of the company and the fantastic tourism businesses on the English Riviera are being rewarded and recognised.
"The fact we are the most successful resort in Devon in this awards process is a huge achievement."
Adam Milward, from the Somerville Hotel, a finalist in the Bed and Breakfast and Guest Accommodation of the Year category said: "It's great a small business like ours can be recognised in this way when up against larger operators.
"This recognition underlines our commitment to providing quality experiences for visitors."
Claire Preece was short-listed for the outstanding customer service award.
Nick Powe, owner of Kents Cavern, said: "I nominated Claire, my hospitality manager, because of her exceptional work promoting, managing and delivering our expanding hospitality business at the caves."