Portsmouth pair face axe…

Post-Grenfell investigation earmarks two blocks for demolition.

Two landmark Portsmouth tower blocks are set to be demolished after work to strengthen them was estimated to cost £86 million, according to reports in The Construction Enquirer.

Problems with structural concrete were uncovered when cladding was removed from the two 18-storey towers in Somerstown following the Grenfell tragedy.

Detailed structural reports commissioned to decide what to replace the cladding with at Leamington House and Horatia House buildings revealed more deep-seated problems.

Structural engineers Wilde Carter Clack found the original 1965 concrete slab construction was extremely poor.

The surface of floor panels in some areas appeared to have been sprayed with water or rained on and the aggregate was exposed. In other places there was evidence of foot prints.

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