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Somerstown Regeneration Strategy, Portsmouth

Sitting adjacent to Portsmouth's City Centre, the area comprises a mix of residential academic and business uses. It is separated from the Civic core by a dual carriageway that has cut the local community in two. Much of the housing is public sector, with many different house-types including maisonettes, high rise flats and terraced houses. The masterplan proposed a new 'activity strip' to create a series of new focal points, places and spaces within the area. A new 'green heart', comprising community facilities, a new retail centre for local shops, educational campuses of primary and secondary schools would be linked together by new streets, squares, pocket parks, and safe pedestrian routes.

Client: Portsmouth City Council, Portsmouth & SE Hampshire Partnership
Collaborator: PRP Architects, CB Hillier Parker, ARUP