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Watkins Jones to start £30m Portsmouth Blade

Published:  21 June, 2011

PORTSMOUTH: Construction group Watkins Jones starts work this week on a 33-storey tower for Portsmouth University.

Portsmouth City Council last week approved the student accommodation block dubbed the blade tower, that is to be built on the site of the former Victoria Baths in the city centre.

The project designed by Architecture PLB consists of a main 108m high building with rooms for 600 students, and a second, smaller 4600m2 building to be shared by the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies and the School of Education & Continuing Studies.

Test piling has been completed and Rock & Alluvium will start foundation work this week.

Watkins Jones' specialist accommodation arm is handling the project and has signed up Stephenson Construction for the concrete frame.

All other packages are available for bidding, including a steel frame portal for the smaller academic building.

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