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Last Updated: Tuesday, 4 October 2005, 19:59 GMT 20:59 UK
Architect demolishes own building
Northern Foods building in Hull
Northern Foods used to be a major employer in Hull
An architect responsible for one of Hull city centre's major office buildings is to start its demolition.

Ken Baker designed the headquarters for Northern Foods, which was completed in 1965 and was the company's home until its move to the outskirts of Leeds.

The building is making way for the new St Stephen's shopping centre.

Mr Baker will start the task of taking it down on Wednesday. It will be done by a special machine which will gradually chip away at the structure.

"In some ways it is quite a strange feeling to be leading the demolition on what was one of my first projects as an architect on a building which has been a landmark in the city for the past 40 years," Mr Baker said.

Among the retailers due to move into the new development are Tesco, Next and H&M.

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