A bank is being ripped down to make way for a £30m skyscraper student tower block in Portsmouth city centre.
Construction is now underway on the 19-storey redevelopment that will house 256 students after the developer won planning permission.
Demolition has already started at The Co-op bank and surrounding site, on the corner of Stanhope Road and Commercial Road.
Upon completion, the tower will offer 138 studio apartments and 118 en-suite cluster flats.
Communal areas over the 12 floors will feature space for study hubs, meetings and even games as well as the standard kitchen and dinner room facilities.
The ground floor of the building will become a food store but the occupier has yet to be announced.
The building, which is being constructed by Crosslane Student Developments, will feature as part of the city’s changing skyline but will keep its original name of Stanhope House.
While construction is underway, hoardings will surround the site which will close public access to some of the nearby pavements.
Lisa Timberlake, development manager at Crosslane Student Developments, said: ‘We are pleased to commence work on the current site and construction of the new Stanhope House, our first development in Portsmouth, helping to meet the strong growth in demand for this type of student accommodation in the city.
‘We understand that temporary disruption may be caused to local residents from the
pavement closures, but we are doing everything we can to ensure the safety and security of all involved during the build.’
The redevelopment of Stanhope House is due to be completed in August 2019, in time for the 2019/20 academic year.