Portsmouth schoolchildren and residents celebrate the completion of the £4.4million social housing development in Hilsea

Schoolchildren and members of the community gathered in honor of the 17 new properties on the corner of Doyle Avenue and Northern Parade, Hilsea, earlier this month.

Children from Kings Academy near Northern Parade helped the celebrations by providing steel pan music; and social enterprise MAKE, which supports adults with learning disabilities, worked with pupils to make decorations for new homes, including wind chimes.

Then-Mayor Frank Jonas also attended the event along with former Mayor Joy Maddox.

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Doyle Avenue celebrations. The King’s Academy Steel Pan Group

Mr Jonas, who left office on May 17, said: “It’s really special that we’ve seen this grow from a disused empty space into this gleaming complex of council houses.

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“People who move in will have a nice surprise.”

The Doyle Avenue houses and apartments are the most energy efficient the council has ever built and include three houses designed for people with disabilities.

The completed houses of Doyle Avenue, Hilsea

They were built by contractor PMC Construction and Development Services, with all-electric power sources to heat and power homes in the most economical and energy-efficient way possible.

Councilor Darren Sanders, Cabinet Member for Housing and Homelessness Prevention, added: ‘We are committed to providing the new social housing that Portsmouth residents need to the highest possible standard, and Doyle Avenue is a demonstration of how we do it even through the disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“By completing 17 new homes which will be rented at affordable rents, are extremely energy efficient and take into account the needs of residents with disabilities, we have achieved exactly what the city requires of its council, with hundreds more in the pipeline on other sites.

“I am grateful to PMC for their exceptional work in delivering this contract as they have done, and it is encouraging that we have been able to make this investment using a Portsmouth company during such a difficult time for many businesses. “

Doyle Avenue celebrations. A child with his finished wind chime.

The houses were built on the site of a former health clinic which was demolished in 2013 and later used as a parking lot.

As previously reported, the homes were granted planning permission by Portsmouth City Council in August 2020.

Doyle Avenue celebrations. MAKE Aldingborne Trust’s Nathan Golding-Lamble (left in pink) and Cameron Locke right

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