The project to replace two Portsmouth City Council tower blocks has reached another landmark with Horatia House now deconstructed.
Craning down of the blocks’ 5,000 concrete panels began in November and this stage of Somerstown’s regeneration is set to be completed in the autumn.
Removal of nearby Leamington House by contractor Hughes and Salvidge is approaching the halfway point, and in removing the total of 272 flats across 18 storeys each, about 23,500 tonnes of concrete and 500 tonnes of metal from the blocks will have been saved for reuse or recycling.
Cabinet Member for Housing and Preventing Homelessness, Cllr Darren Sanders, said: “This is an important milestone. It’s a sad day for everyone who lived in Horatia House, but the exciting plans local people are devising suggest that something better can emerge from the rubble.”