First set of steel goes up at Sir Ben Ainslie's new base in Portsmouth

The Portsmouth News. By Miles O'Leary.

STANDING tall, this is the first set of steel structures to go up at the future site of Sir Ben Ainslie’s race base.

Building work is well under way on the Olympic sailing hero’s America’s Cup headquarters at Camber Dock in Old Portsmouth. Steel has been erected on the east side of the site and more is expected to be fitted this month. Frames are being delivered by lorries and residents are being kept up-to-date with the plans.

It follows two months of work done laying foundations down in preparation for the premises. Councillor Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council, said it was great things were moving along.

‘I am really pleased that within three months of Ben Ainslie Racing, getting the approval to be based in Portsmouth, the steels are going up and people can see the start of the building work. It’s the start of Portsmouth’s future, one of high investment and high income and better outcomes for people and for Ben.’

Concrete is due to be cast with a concrete pump on October 17. 

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