WORKMEN will today begin demolition work ahead of a £15 million scheme to redevelop a Southampton shopping precinct.

A ceremony will mark the beginning of the Hinkler Parade Regeneration Project this afternoon.

In the coming months, 17 shops, 22 flats and a five-storey block of 16 flats in Marston Road, will be ripped down.

Rising from the rubble will be a fresh mix of 106 homes, five new shops and a community centre - all under the new name of Prospect Place.

Representatives from all those involved in the project will meet at 12.30pm at the Natterbox Community Centre on Hinkler Parade to help start the demolition process.