A huge crane almost three times the height of the Tyne Bridge has arrived at a key Newcastle city centre construction site.

Work on the £100m Bank House project is moving forward following the arrival of the 236ft (72m) high tower crane at the East Pilgrim Street site.

Photos show how the crane, with a jib of 55m (180ft) and total length of 127m (413ft), is now towering above the city.

Chris Turnbull, director at Avison Young and project manager on the Newcastle major regeneration scheme, said roads were closed over the weekend as the crane was successfully erected by the contractor B+K.

Two cranes, weighing 500 tonnes and 50 tons apiece, were used to offload and assemble the tower crane.

It will prove to be a key piece of equipment in the construction of Bank House, the 120,000sqft, 14-storey office development being driven forward by Taras Properties, a vehicle set up for the project on behalf of billionaire real estate entrepreneurs the Reuben Brothers.

Mr Turnbull said: “Activities went as planned over both days with huge plant dominating Pilgrim Street. The erection of the tower crane was complete by 8.30pm last Sunday with three hours to spare. The events generated much positive interest with the site team taking the time to explain what was happening to many intrigued passers-by.”

Demolitions, utility diversions and piling activities have now been largely completed, paving the way for reinforced concrete cores to be erected through the summer months, once the basement and ground floor slabs are poured.

Joint agents Tony Wordsworth, Avison Young and Patrick Matheson, Knight Frank, said: “Bank House will provide a best in class workplace on a strategic gateway site in the city centre. It will offer unrivalled views over the city and respond directly to the increasing demand for high quality Grade A office space in Newcastle.”