Demolition under way at old printer site in Portsmouth

Demolition work is carried out on the site of a former printing shop
Demolition work is carried out on the site of a former printing shop
Eastern Road. Geograph: Labelled for reuse

Delays of up to an hour on Eastern Road

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THE crushers have moved in at the site of an old printing shop as work on ten new homes gets under way.

Ten family homes will be built in Unicorn Road on the site of Shepherd Printers for First Wessex.

143334_PRINTERS_19/11/14''Shepherds Printers, in Unicorn Road,  Portsmouth is being demolished.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143334-879) PPP-141119-135212001

143334_PRINTERS_19/11/14''Shepherds Printers, in Unicorn Road, Portsmouth is being demolished.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143334-879) PPP-141119-135212001

Work began this week and is expected to take around four weeks to complete.

Rick Warner, who is leading the demolition, said: ‘We moved on to the site on Sunday because it is a busy area. Portsmouth City Council wanted us to start during a quiet time to avoid disrupting traffic.

‘We have got a 25 ton machine on the site now. We have to work carefully because it is a listed building next to where we are completing the demolition.’

In January, housing minister Kris Hopkins announced the homes, along with others in Hampshire, would form part of a deal to release £500m of additional funding to build more affordable homes across the country.

Hazel Warwick, asset management director at First Wessex, said: ‘Demolition is underway at the former Shepherd Printers site, in advance of starting work in the new year to build ten new affordable homes at the site.

‘First Wessex is working in partnership with Portsmouth City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency on the project.

‘The new homes will be highly efficient and sustainable and will compliment the refurbishment of the old Portsmouth Foyer, which is bringing another 29 homes and a retail unit to the area.’

Other new homes being built in the area under this scheme include 40 homes on the former Ministry of Defence land at HMS Daedalus in 
Gosport.

Phase four of the Rowner development will provide an additional 57 affordable new homes.

The development will also see seven new family homes built at Sun Court in Sedgley Close, Somers Town.