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Portsmouth is now home to the Landrover Ben Ainslie Racing America's Cup sailing team after they were granted funding from the government and planning approval from the council.

Landrover Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) is now a permanent base and visitors' centre at The Camber in Old Portsmouth, finished in time for a British challenge for the 35th America's Cup, the oldest trophy in international sport, which has never been won by a UK team.

Landrover BAR has said The Camber Quay is an area that epitomises Britain’s great maritime heritage and the team’s headquarters incorporates sailing operations, research and development, boatbuilding, sports science and fitness facilities. It also includes accommodation for support services like commercial, sustainability, event management, communications, marketing and PR, along with a visitors' centre to showcase innovation and technology. It will engage with the city, the region, the UK and internationally.

The base showcases UK design, technology and innovation and are planning the facility to achieve a  BREEAM excellent rating.

This is a welcome development for the city, with the promise of jobs and economic benefits - there will be 90 direct jobs, with 500 + more indirectly created.

However, we understand that this is within a residential area, which is also popular with visitors. To keep you informed about how the development takes shape we'll be updating this page regularly.

If you have any comments about the scheme please email camber@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or for additional information visit www.benainslieracing.com.

Work on the Camber is almost done, and Land Rover BAR’s new home complete. This will be our final work update ahead of completion in October. 

After a busy weekend with lots of excitement, we are very pleased to invite you to the final neighbourhood drop-in session, which will be held at BAR HQ on the flight deck on Tuesday 4 August from 6pm to 7pm. This will be a chance to hear from members of BAR and construction teams, to find out about remaining works and to ask BAR staff questions.

Please RSVP if you would like to come as numbers are limited and will be on a first come first served basis. To book a place for the final drop-in contact amy.munro@landroverbar.com.

The internal fit-out of the building is on-going and will be for a few more weeks - just the external fabric wrap and some landscaping remains.

The internal fit-out of the building is now as good as complete, and any further work should have a very limited impact on residents. We still need to finish the external landscaping on the east elevation of the building, and this will take until the middle of September to properly complete with all plantings in place.

The final big job is the fabric ‘wrap’. Looking ahead, we have the following plan:

Week commencing 3 August

  • Crane located in East Street for the first half of the week to complete steel work erection
  • Two cherry pickers will be working first half of the week with the crane erecting steelwork on East Street
  • Second half of the week the crane will move onto the apron with the two cherry pickers to commence steel erection on the NW corner of the building
  • Two  cherry picker machines will be working from the east elevation around onto the East Street elevation drilling aluminium track to the steelwork all week

Week commencing 10 August

  • The crane and its 2 associated cheery pickers fixing steel will move to the north elevation.
  • Two cherry pickers will be fixing aluminium on East Street.
  • Two cherry pickers will be fixing aluminium track on the west elevation.
  • Two cherry pickers and 1 scissor lift will be fixing the fabric wrap on the east elevation progressing south and onto East Street. 

Week commencing 17 August

The crane and its associated cherry pickers will continue working on the north elevation on the low and high level steelwork.

Two cherry pickers will be drilling the aluminium track on the north-west curved section.

Two cherry pickers and 1 scissor lift will be working on the fabric installation on East Street working in a westerly direction and then will continue onto the north elevation.

One cherry picker will be installing the fabric roof on the east elevation.

Week commencing 24 August

  • Crane and associated cherry pickers will be working on  the north-east corner at the rear of the building erecting steelwork.
  • Two cherry pickers will be installing aluminium track on the north elevation
  • Two cherry pickers and 1 scissor lift will be installing fabric on the north-east corner section
  • One cherry picker will be working on the roof section on East Street

Week commencing 1 September

  • Two cherry pickers will be installing aluminium track to the north elevation
  • Two cherry pickers and 1 scissor lift will be installing fabric on the north elevation at the west end
  • One cherry picker will be installing the fabric roof section on the west elevation
  • One cherry picker and 1 scissor lift will be working on the end closures outside the main entrance door on East Street and on the east elevation to the rear
  • East Street elevation works complete by end of this week.

Week commencing 7 September

  • Two cherry pickers working on north-east corner fixing aluminium track
  • Two cherry pickers and 1 scissor lift installing fabric wrap to the middle of the north elevation
  • One cherry picker fixing the fabric roof section to the west end of the north elevation
  • One cherry picker and 1 scissor lift working on the fabric end section on the north elevation

Week commencing 14 September

  • Two cherry pickers and 1 scissor lift working on the fabric wrap to north-east elevation
  • One cherry picker working on the fabric roof to the remainder of the north elevation
  • One cherry picker and 1 scissor lift completing the fabric end to the middle of north elevation
  • North elevation completes by the end of this week

Week commencing 21 September

  • One cherry picker working on the fabric roof section to the north-east corner at rear of building
  • Work complete this week

If a company pay for naming rights of the base, their corporate name will appear on the outside of the building alongside the BAR logo, and this will be subject to planning approval.

The team will build a permanent base with the plan to complete a minimum of three America’s Cup campaigns, over a minimum period of 12 years, during that time the team will be building other business streams within the marine market to ensure a sustainable business for the long term future.

It is our intention to sometimes light the building during controlled hours, but whether this will be a colour or not has yet to be decided.

Approximately 50 cars plus deliveries.

They are a maximum of 35 metres.   

Yes, however temporary closure will be necessary when boat lifting activities are in operation on health and safety grounds.

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