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Penoyre & Prasad lands Solent Design award

Penoyre & Prasad’s Portsmouth University library extension received a top prize this week at the inaugural Solent Design Awards

The project was selected for the Quality Places award alongside Wellstead Primary School in Eastleigh, designed by Hampshire County Council Architects.

Locals voting in an online ballot also named the university library as the Community Champion.

Sarah Gaventa, judging panel chair and director of public space at CABE, said: ‘The Library impressed [us] through its successful marriage of the existing with the new.

‘The best of the old was respected and referenced while creating a bright and light place to study, with the added plus of a high quality green public space which ensures the project is not only of great benefit to students and staff but the wider community of Portsmouth.’

The practice won the job following a RIBA competition, and went on to design a building that includes an enhanced IT area, group study rooms and teaching rooms.

The building’s ‘urban square’ provides students with a gateway to a local park. In the summer, part of the square is filled with tables and it becomes an extension to the student cafe.

The new build Wellstead Primary School project is set on a former farm in the Hedge End housing development in Southampton.

Designed by the Hampshire County Council’s Architects’ Department, it encircles a courtyard with the main teaching block on one side and the administrative and social block on the other. A library and a glass passageway link the four sides.

The Point at Eastleigh, Admiralty Quarter and London Road in Southampton were also ‘highly commended’.

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