The £39 million redevelopment of Lime Street is beginning take shape with the first sections of steel starting to be erected on site.
Billington Structures is installing the first sections of over 1,300 tonnes of steel that will be used to create student accommodation and a 101-room Premier Inn.
The structures are expected to emerge from behind the site hoardings over the next few months, with the skeletal frames scheduled for completion in the autumn.
Main contractor ISG expects the project to be completed by July 2018.
The controversial mixed-use redevelopment was initially awarded planning permission in 2015, however work on site was severely delayed due to a concerted campaign to save the Futurist Cinema.
The Court of Appeal eventually rejected a final bid to overturn planning permission by SAVE Britain’s Heritage in August 2016, with demolition work starting on the historic art deco building soon after.