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CITY leaders have welcomed the completion of work on a new state-of-the-art community hub in the heart of Portsmouth.

Construction of Somers Town Central, a £10.8m futuristic-looking building stretching across Winston Churchill Avenue, is now complete.

New community hub Somers Town Central.

New community hub Somers Town Central.

Today officials were given a tour of the site to see what they thought.

It will house Southsea Community Centre, a café, youth club, health clinic and a council housing office and the new tenants will move in this summer.

Work began on the project in September 2012 and finishing touches were made two weeks ago.

Councillor Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘The building is inspiring and links two parts of Somers Town.

‘It will ensure there are provisions for young people and the elderly through speech therapy, language therapy and other things will be happening which will enrich the lives of the people living in this area.’

Cllr Luke Stubbs, deputy leader of the council, also welcomed the new community hub.

He added: ‘It’s a landmark building for this part of the city and it also frees up other council office space for other uses.’