DEMOLITION is underway on a former hospital building to make way for a development of apartments.

The building, once part of the old Beckett Hospital in the town centre, was more recently used as council offices following the building of Barnsley Hospital in the 1970s.

A part of the old hospital building, on Berneslai Close, is being demolished with the remaining structure being converted resulting in a total number of 58 apartments designed for retired people.

McCarthy and Stones Ltd was given planning permission for the development earlier this year.

The development will have four storeys and will be separate from the retained Edwardian hospital building, with most of the work on the older building being internal.