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Before and after: Portsmouth's colourful vision of Luder's Tricorn


The Portsmouth Society has recruited two architects to produce visions for the restoration of Owen Luder's Tricorn, which is loved and loathed in equal measure.

Mick Morris' colourful transformation proposes thinning out the structure 'with a little selective demolition' to bring more sunlight in and create better views out. 'I like the forms and shapes, 'Morris said, 'but I'm not a big fan of outdoor concrete in the UK, so I would clad it with almost everything - paint, render, siding, panelling, steel, ceramics, and glass and floodlight the public sections'.

His plan proposes radically remodelling the ground floor to replace the maze of small alleyways to create 'something a bit more user-friendly'.On the first floor, he would convert the old fruit and vegetable market into a housing development with its own streets and mews-style parking.

The other design, also intended to support the Portsmouth Society's bid for listed status for the building, has been produced by architects Kate Mackintosh and George Finch. They propose inserting loft-type houses into the structure.

Celia Clark, chair of the Portsmouth Society, said 'the strong sculptural quality which makes the building genuinely unique could give Portsmouth city centre much-needed new life and create an iconic attraction which no other city can match'.

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