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Work started on new £3 million school building

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Harbour School logo aBuilding work has started on refurbishing the former Vanguard Centre in Sundridge Close, Cosham to invest £3.27 million in creating a school for pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs.

Pupils at The Harbour School in Fratton are expected to move to their much needed new building in Autumn this year.

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Researchers in drive to develop greener parts for transport industry

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Dr Hom Nath Dhakal webUniversity of Portsmouth researchers are at the forefront of a drive to develop environmentally-friendly materials from agricultural waste for use in the automotive, marine and aerospace industries.

A team from the University’s School of Engineering are producing and developing lightweight materials from farming leftovers (agriculture biomass) – a process that could provide significant environmental benefits.

The sustainable composite materials are produced from flax, hemp, jute and waste biomass date palm fibres to provide parts like car bumpers and door linings – mainly non-structural components. Using natural plant fibres for composite manufacturing has the potential to provide farmers with extra income and reduce C02 emissions from the burning of waste.

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The National Museum of the Royal Navy unveils plans for nearly £33million investment in Portsmouth in next two years

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Hood Bell  cut out webDetails of how The National Museum of the Royal Navy is to invest almost £33million in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and the wider city over the next two years were unveiled today.

Developing major new exhibitions and interpretation alongside finalising major museum projects are at the heart of the investment. It follows the news of a record breaking year for visitor numbers and economic impact figures that state that Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, which is managed by the National Museum, brings £110million p.a. for Portsmouth.

The plans were unveiled on the eve of a public consultation about the final resting place for the National Museum’s Landing Craft Tank LCT 7074 at the D-Day Story, Southsea. The £5million project secures the long term future of the sole surviving landing craft from D-Day.

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