Demolition of 61 Molesworth Street has started this afternoon.

At about 4pm the council gave the go ahead for contractors to start deconstructing a small building attached to the main office block.

A digger with a hydraulic hammer attached to it could be seen drilling through the building while the area was doused with water to control any asbestos particles in the air.

A high-reach crane will soon move on site to start demolishing the top floors over the weekend.

The nine-storey building on Molesworth St in Wellington. Photo / Mark Mitchell
The nine-storey building on Molesworth St in Wellington. Photo / Mark Mitchell