WORK is about to resume on a Hampshire housing complex named after one of the key figures in the history of the Spitfire.

The 43-home development in South Street, Hythe, has been named Hubert Lodge in honour of Hubert Scott-Paine, who bought a nearby shipyard and renamed it the British Power Boat Company.

He also founded Supermarine Aviation, the Southampton-based company which went on to build the Spitfire.

After the Second World War Scott-Paine pioneered the use of flying boats in civil aviation and established the first international flying boat service.

In the mid-1930s British Power Boat Company employees included future entertainer Tommy Cooper, who lived at Langley and honed his magic skills while working in Hythe as an apprentice shipwright.

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Work on Hubert Lodge was halted following the start of the lockdown but is set to resume next month.

Churchill Retirement Living is building 43 one and two-bedroom apartments, the first of which are due to be completed next spring.

Plans to name the complex after Scott-Paine were announced at the end of last year.

Speaking at the time a Churchill spokesperson said: "For every new development we try to choose a name with a strong connection to the local community.

"We hope Hubert lodge will be a place where local people can enjoy their retirement years to the full, just a short distance from the waterfront."

The Spitfire owes its origins to a factory built on the banks of the River Itchen in Woolston by Noel Pemberton-Billing.

After becoming an MP in 1916 he sold the business to Scott-Paine, his works manager and long-time associate, who changed its name to Supermarine Aviation.

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In 1917 the company hired engineer R J Mitchell, who was promoted to chief designer in 1919 and chief engineer the following year. He went on to lead the team that created the Spitfire.

A show complex at Hubert Lodge will open in November.

Churchill’s regional marketing manager, Caroline Haswell, said: "After months of lockdown we know many people will be thinking about the future for themselves and their families."