A historic building that lined the skies of the city's port has now been demolished.

The former Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) building, known to be a prominent feature along Southampton Docks, has been taken down along with a dry goods storage shed in the Eastern Docks.

It is part of a £4.3 million project that focuses on an ongoing programme of investment in infrastructure and quayside facilities to ensure the Port of Southampton keeps Britain trading.

The space generated will help make space for movement and trade, such as exports of farm, construction or specialist machinery and vehicles.

Now, the largest car carriers in the world, called Ro-Ros, will be able to berth in this newly-created space generating further opportunities for international trade.

Regional director for Southampton Alastair Welch said: “Continued investment around the port is essential and ensures that we stay one step ahead of adapting to our customers’ growing and changing needs.

This phase of investment marks the latest in a number of large-scale projects in recent years to ensure the port can continue to welcome the world’s largest container ships and cruise vessels.