Our proposal is to enhance this prime location within the centre of Portsmouth City Centre
The intention is to add within the existing cluster of tall buildings a new and exciting tower which will add further interest to Portsmouth’s expanding skyline.
This is a complex site, with significant areas of the existing building currently not being used. The Post Office on the ground floor facing Slindon Street and the office on the second floor are still in use and will remain as part of the proposals.
It is proposed the site will include residential entrances, communal areas and office space on the ground floor of each building.
The design will re-energise the local area with active ground floor uses and accommodation on the levels above.
Cars will be hidden from view within a ground floor car park concealed behind the building with the access off Lower Church Path being maintained for vehicles.
The exterior of the building on the west of the site will be completely refurbished to transform its appearance
A further three stories will be added to the existing office component of the building on the western side of the site.
The remainder of the building to the east will be demolished to enable the erection of two new blocks. The current proposal is for a 25-storey tower on the north-east of the site and a six-storey tower on the south-east of the site.
The proposed massing will be split into three separate buildings which wrap around a central amenity deck. The height of each block will be designed to respond to the context with the tower element being the focal point which addresses Station Street.
Each block will be designed with a considered material palette for the location and will follow the emerging trend for buildings of a high quality adding to Portsmouth vision to create a vibrant and successful city centre.
Options For Use
Several options for how the completed buildings will be occupied are being explored
The buildings could either be:
• Student accommodation
• “Build to Rent” apartments
• Sold on the open market
• A combination of the above
The University of Portsmouth is growing, and this site could be used to house its students.
It is estimated that the site could accommodate approximately 600 student apartments.
National Regional Property Group is committed to playing a key role in the delivery of new homes in the City. As with most housing developments, a number of the homes could be for sale.
“Build to Rent” apartments
Alternatively, the site could be a “Build to Rent” scheme. Build to Rent apartments are designed and built specifically for renting. These generally offer longer tenancies, a variety of onsite amenities and good transport links for easy commuting.
With Build to Rent, there is always a management team on site and they provide a concierge service for residents.
It is estimated that this site could accommodate approximately 300 “Build to Rent” or open market homes, predominantly one and two-bedroom apartments.
Transport and Sustainability
This site is in a highly sustainable location – right in the City Centre
With well-lit pavements and close to several bus stops, cycle lanes and Portsmouth & Southsea railway station, the need for residents to have cars will be reduced.
While this scheme could be a car-free development – as others nearby have been – early market studies suggest that some provision for car parking is desirable, alongside secure cycle stores and innovative transport solutions.
A Travel Plan will be prepared, in line with local and national guidance, which will promote sustainable travel options to residents and reduce car trips where possible. These options could include:
• Promoting public transport using promotional offers and incentives, such as discounted or free bus taster tickets.
• Promoting, via a Travel Plan Coordinator, local sustainable travel events that residents can take part in.
• Information regarding car clubs which operate in Portsmouth. If there is significant interest on the site, the Travel Plan Coordinator could discuss the feasibility with operators the potential of setting up a car club on site.
• Taxi credits for residents as compensation for not having a parking space.
The one-way system along Slindon Street and then around Lower Church Path would remain as would the vehicular access to the site.
A pick-up and drop-off layby is being proposed on the south east corner of the site.