Work started at Leicester's De Montfort University today, as part of a £90 million project to redevelop the campus.
The University's vice chancellor and president of the student union got the demolition work underway.
Almost 50 years after the queen mother officials opened the Fletcher complex, the bulldozers moved on site to knock it down.
The new complex will house the university's internationally renowned school of fashion and textile, art design and architecture.
Work should be completed by 2016.
Major demolition work started at Leicester's De Montfort University today as part of a £90 million transformation.
Several buildings are being knocked down and replaced by a new complex housing the Fashion and Textiles, Art, and Design and Architecture departments.
The new buildings will be surrounded by open parkland, creating a 'green lung' running through the heart of the campus.