Work has begun to bring down the earthquake-damaged part of Queensgate Mall.

The Lower Hutt shopping centre was damaged in the November 14 quake.

The building, housing Events Cinema and part of a carpark, is being demolished as it is at risk of collapse.

Queensgate says contractor Naylor Love began preparations last Friday.

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It says so far they have focused on working within the building, but heavy machinery is now preparing to remove the structure.