It’s time to start digging at Ben Ainslie Portsmouth race base

An artist's impression of what the base could look like

An artist's impression of what the base could look like

WORK on the foundations for Sir Ben Ainslie’s Old Portsmouth America’s Cup base will start next week.

Drilling is due to begin on Wednesday and workers aim ‘to keep construction noise to a minimum’, according to the team behind the scheme.

A spokesman for Ben Ainslie Racing said: ‘Behind the scenes, plenty of planning, organising and manufacturing is under way to ensure that as soon as the site is ready and the foundations laid, the building’s steel frame can be erected.’

BAR says the impact on parking is being kept to a minimum while the build-up to construction takes place.

As The News has previously reported, Sir Ben will have Portsmouth as his racing home for three cycles of the America’s Cup.

Former minister for Portsmouth, Michael Fallon, made the announcement at a meeting of maritime firms at the Spinnaker Tower earlier this month.

Preparations at the Camber Dock site began shortly after Portsmouth City Council’s members granted planning permission for the America’s Cup headquarters last month.

Businesses operating on the site were helped to relocate in preparation.

Demolition of the fishing sheds on the Camber was started on site last month by Hughes & Salvidge, based in Flathouse Road, Landport.

Wood, metal and other construction materials from the sheds were separated for recycling, with some being used to underpin the new foundations.

A temporary hoarding has been put up around The Camber to make sure the site is fully protected.

But pedestrians and fishermen still have full access to the Camber.

A site noticeboard has also been put up on the west side of the hoardings to keep residents informed about the latest updates.

The base will be used for the duration of the races.

The project, valued at more than £80m, is due to be complete in May next year, to meet with the requirements set down by the organisers of the America’s Cup.

Information about the progress of the Old Portsmouth building is available on a devoted page of Portsmouth City Council’s website.

Residents with questions about the development can contact the city council’s planning department by e-mailing




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