Rest of Rowner estate due to come tumbling down

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THE final part of demolition work in a multi-million pound regeneration of an estate is due to be completed this year.

Homes at the nine-story Lawrence Walk, five-storey Hilary Court and part of Livingstone Walk, in Rowner, Gosport, are due to be taken down.

Demolition can start when aerials are moved to a new tower block.

First Wessex, a member of the Rowner Renewal Partnership, said the move will happen in spring.

Peter Walters, chief executive of First Wessex, said: ‘The remaining part of “the village” in Rowner is due to be demolished.

‘The site dates back to the 1960s and was part of a large Ministry of Defence estate.

‘These remaining buildings can only be demolished when we have moved the telecommunication aerials service on to the new tower block, which is currently under construction to the rear of the new Tesco store.’

Work is currently being carried out to get ready for the demolition.

A total of 169 homes will be taken down.

Once finished there will be a range of two, three and four-bed sustainable and state-of-the-art homes on the site.

As reported, contractor Opco went bust in June last year. Taylor Wimpey, part of the consortium behind the scheme, took over sorting out contracting work.