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BAM Design wins planning for Portsmouth community hub

[Plans + project data] The architectural arm of developer and contractor BAM has landed planning permission for this £10.4 million community building in Portsmouth

The Somerstown Hub project by BAM design, spans acorss a dual carriageway and includesa medical practice, a local housing office, community centre and youth club.

Before BAM took over the project, proposals had been drawn up by both Househam Henderson Architects (see AJ 02.12.09) and local practice Re-Format.

This has been an extremely challenging project

BAM Design director Steve Loughe said: ‘We took the brief and totally reinterpreted it as a route through the centre of the building. The main community space at the centre can open onto the circulation route to create true community heart space.’

He added: ‘Obtaining planning consent is a major landmark for what has been an extremely challenging project. We have spent a great deal of time consulting with the local community and user groups to gain their trust and support it has thankfully paid off.

‘The brief was to provide a landmark building, giving communities on both sides of the road  equal access to the much needed new facilities.

‘We  also aimed to retain as much scarce open space as possible and  spanning over the road achieves this, at the same time creating an iconic statement for the local community.’

The scheme marks the first phase of a major regeneration of the inner city Somerstown area and is due to start on site next summer (2012).

Completion is due by the end of 2013.

Project data

Architects: BAM Design
Location: Somerstown Portsmouth
Type Of Project: New build community facilities
Structural Engineers: AKS Ward
Architect director: Steve Loughe   
Project runner:
Dominic Woollerson 
M&E Director : Steve Burford
Mech Associate : Stuart Carroll
Electrical Associate :
Nick Neill                                       
Portsmouth City Council
Funding: direct from Portsmouth City Council
Tender date: Two stage Tender - 2nd stage January 2012
Start on site date: 2nd Quarter 2012
Contract duration: 72 weeks
Form of contract and/or procurement: EISE Contractors Framework , two stage Negotiated Design and Build Contract
Construction Value approx : £ 10.4 million  
M&e consultant: 
BAM Design
Quantity surveyor: Turner & Townsend
Planning supervisor: Reformat Milton
Lighting consultant: n/a
Main contractor: BAM Construction
Selected subcontractors and suppliers:  n/a
Annual co2 emissions:  88,000 kg of carbon per annum


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