The first tower crane for HS2 work at Euston has been installed for use on the demolition of two blocks.
One Euston Square and Grant Thornton House will be demolished over the next 10 months.
A Costain and Skanska joint venture is managing the work with specialist demolition contractor McGee drafted in to carry it out.
Euston Station’s taxi rank, which sat underground beneath the blocks, has also been moved to a temporary area in front of the station as part of the works.
The 66 m crane was erected last week and is the first of three that will be put up for the works at Euston.
HS2 London programme director Rob Carr said the arrival of the crane was a “significant milestone” for HS2 as other pre-construction works including archaeology and utility diversions continue.
Euston masterplanner Lendlease has estimated the redevelopment of Euston could be worth £5.8bn.
HS2’s main civil engineering works are scheduled to begin in June after being pushed back from March to allow more time for design.