An artists' studio space in Hackney Wick is to be bulldozed to make way for a bridge to the Olympic Park despite a lengthy campaign to save it.
Dozens of artists vacated studios and live-work spaces at Vittoria Wharf, a former factory, more than a year ago.
They were forced to leave becausethe building was bought by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC)through acompulsory purchase before the 2012 Olympic Games.
Now the buildingis being demolished to make way for the LLDCto build a new bridge over the River Lee Navigation linking the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to the area.
The new pedestrian and cycling bridge will provide a crucial link for 1,500 new homes, businesses and schools to be built at East Wick andSweetwater, an area just over the canal from Vittoria Wharf, according to the LLDC - writes standard.co.uk.
Campaigners from Save Hackney Wick launched a fresh petition to stop the work going forward three weeks ago, which has since received more than 7,000 signatures.
But contractors are at the building and have secured the site ready for demolition work to start, the LLDC said.
The LLDC acquired part of Vittoria Wharf in 2009 and received planning permission to build a new bridge on land before London 2012.
It let short-term, affordable leases for artists and businesses to occupy the site for up to seven years.