BUDDING construction workers dug deep to mark the launch of new affordable homes in Copnor.
The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cheryl Buggy joined pupils from Admiral Lord Nelson School and Westover Primary as they welcomed the development of six houses and eight flats at the site of a former bowling green in Tangier Road.
The site was bought from Portsmouth City Council by housing association Radian last year.
The properties will be built by contractor PMC Construction by spring 2013.
Admiral Lord Nelson School pupil Josh Potter, 15, took part in the ceremonial dig as part of his 12-week work placement with the contractors.
PMC Construction will hand Josh an apprenticeship if he pursues a career in construction.
Councillor Steven Wylie, executive member for housing, said: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity to provide the city with much-needed social housing, particularly the sought-after three-bedroom family homes which are in such short supply.’