IT could have ended up as a pile of rubble but work is starting that will see its renaissance.

The Hockley Viaduct, threatened with demolition in the 1980s, is going to be integrated into the National Cycle Network.

Winchester City Council with Sustrans and the county council along with members of Friends of Hockley Viaduct, celebrated the start of building works.

Avon Construction has begun the first stage of restoration which is due to finish in October.

The brickwork and parapets will be repaired, along with the laying of a concrete deck.

Some parts of the parapets will be lowered to open up views along the Itchen valley.

The project has received huge financial support from Winchester City Council who have committed £500,000, Hampshire County Council who have committed £250,000 and Sustrans who have committed £200,000 from the DfT Linking Places Fund.

Following the success of the recent planning application the remainder of the project and route is planned to be completed by mid-January 2013.