WORK has finally begun on the long- awaited £200m Trinity Walk scheme which will give Wakefield a city centre for the 21st century.
A new market hall, library, supermarket, department store and up to 50 retail units will be built on Marsh Way, the old bus station site and surrounding disused land.
Major high street names including Debenhams, H&M, New Look, Next and Sainsbury's have already signed up to the scheme, led by Simons Developments and Wakefield Council.
Wakefield Council leader Peter Box said: "Regeneration in Wakefield is now really taking off with the start of work on Trinity Walk. We will soon be seeing a very different, 21st century city centre.
"I look forward to Trinity Walk and the other major regeneration projects in Westgate and on the waterfront all taking shape."
Funding partners Modus, building group Shepherd Construction, Wakefield architects DLA, and Adjaye Architects say they are hoping to turn more than a decade of planning into reality by spring 2010.
Mark Newton, development director for Simons Developments, said: "Trinity Walk has been a complex project that has taken a great deal of hard work and determination to achieve.
"We have been working alongside the council for nearly eight years to deliver this.
"The people of Wakefield will now be able to see the scheme taking shape.
"The first building to be built is the new market hall, which opens in May 2008."
He also said it was exciting for everyone involved in the scheme which will transform the city centre.