Time lapse video shows Somers Town Community Hub work

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SWEEPING through the seasons, a timelapse film shows the new Somers Town Community Hub taking shape.

Released by Portsmouth City Council, the footage shows the community centre being built from the start until this month.

There is even a quick shot of some of the thousands of runners who took part in the Great South Run last October during the minute-long film.

The iconic building spans the dual carriageway along Winston Churchill Avenue and links Somers Town with the heart of the city.

It is expected to be complete by summer next year, and will include health, community and youth centres and an area housing office to replace ageing facilities elsewhere.

It will also allow residents to cross the road safely.

Steven Wylie, Portsmouth City Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: ‘This is a massive boost in our bid to transform Somers Town for local people.

‘The residents of Somers Town deserve top class facilities and this will be a building that they can be very proud of. It will make a real difference to the lives of people living in Somers Town.’

The film also includes footage of 18 huge concrete beams being lifted into place to span the road.

Bosses at BAM Construction, which is completing the work, planned the installation of the beams for three months as each one is 75ft long, weighs 38 tonnes and is 4ft wide.

The council says the development will give local residents improved access to essential and recreational services, bring new interest to the area and preserve green space.

It will also link the two communities on either side of Winston Churchill Avenue, improve access to the city centre and replace existing community buildings.

The eco-friendly development will use the latest green technology.