Headquarters for the America’s Cup team discussed at forum

(l-r) Hamish Calder project manager BAR, Ernest Williamson resident of Town Quay, Camber Dock, Old Portsmouth and Richard Pelley site project manager look at plans. 'Public meeting at Cathedral House, Old Portsmouth to discuss the progress of Sir Ben Ainslie's America's Cup Team base being built on Town Quay. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142806-522)

(l-r) Hamish Calder project manager BAR, Ernest Williamson resident of Town Quay, Camber Dock, Old Portsmouth and Richard Pelley site project manager look at plans. 'Public meeting at Cathedral House, Old Portsmouth to discuss the progress of Sir Ben Ainslie's America's Cup Team base being built on Town Quay. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142806-522)

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THE size of the building and how it will be lit up were some of the topics discussed at a meeting about the Ben Ainslie Racing headquarters.

Residents were last night invited to speak to representatives from Ben Ainslie Racing about any concerns or questions they have about the sailing hub.

Work is well under way for the new America’s Cup headquarters and fortnightly meetings are being held for residents to speak to members of the racing team.

A presentation addressing the most frequently asked questions was given at the meeting, at Cathedral House, in Old Portsmouth, and topics such as the size of the headquarters, public access to the centre and the location were all brought up.

After the presentation, residents were given the opportunity to ask questions.

Ken Bailey, who lives near The Camber where the headquarters is being built, said he was interested to see if construction was on schedule.

‘I was interested on the update of the works and they said it was going well,’ he said.

‘They certainly answered my questions.’

He added: ‘It is very important that they hold these sort of meetings to give us the chance to mitigate any concerns we have.

‘Now they are starting to build, we need to address the problems and get them sorted.’

Portsmouth City Council approved the plans for Sir Ben’s America’s Cup headquarters in June despite some opposition to the plans.
It is expected to bring around 1,000 jobs and more than £40m into the local economy.
Ernest Williamson, from Quay House, in Old Portsmouth, said he was looking forward to seeing the sailing hub completed.
He said: ‘I found the meeting very interesting and I cannot wait to see it completed.
‘I think the plans were very easy to understand and I think it is vital that residents are invited to these sort of meetings.’
For Hamish Calder from Ben Ainslie Racing, the meetings are a good way to meet people and address issues.
Mr Calder, the project manager, said: ‘It is important to us that the community feel they are being involved.
‘We understand that having us building on their doorstep is going to raise issues and these forums mean we can address them.
‘They can meet us in person and see the plans up close and we can address the problems which are of the biggest concerns.’

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