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Two major Portsmouth housing developments have reached their maximum height.

Portsmouth City Council hosted 'topping-out' ceremonies this morning after more than 100 brand new homes, across two sites, reached an important construction milestone.

The ceremonies at Ivy Close, on the old Somerstown Health Centre site, in Blackfriars Close, Portsmouth and Steep Close, next to Blendworth Crescent, on Portsmouth City Council owned land, in Havant, mark an important stage in the council's most ambitious home building programme since the Second World War.

Cllr Jennie Brent, cabinet member for Property and Housing, said: "This is all about the community.

"People need more high quality, energy efficient housing so that's why we have prioritised the building of these homes in Portsmouth and why we are very excited about welcoming the first tenants into these fantastic new homes."

The nine family houses and 51 flats, at the Ivy Close site, and the 20 family houses and 28 flats, at Steep Close, will be completed in the Spring and will cost a total of £15.4m.

Watch a time lapse video of the old Somerstown Health Centre being demolished and the Ivy Close homes being built.

Find out more about the council's housing development programme or call 023 9283 4954.

Ivy Close

Ivy Close