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PORTSMOUTH building contractor Warings is putting the finishing touches to a 10-storey hostel in south London.

The £7.3m new home of the South London YMCA can house up to 80 homeless people in 56 flats.

Warings reduced the build time by three months by using a modular technique, which saw most of the building constructed in Gloucestershire and transported, fully furnished with beds, tables, light fittings and even lift shafts, to the site.

Warings’ construction director Colin Crowther said: ‘Despite the rapid construction technique employed, the project is still of the very highest quality and that is crucial for the client and the community.’