[FIRST LOOK] The University of Portsmouth has appointed architecture plb to design a £30 million new building for its Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
Backed by developer Watkin Jones, the scheme will house two schools; the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies and the School of Education and Continuing Studies, as well as residential accommodation for 600 students.
The development, which sits in the listed Victoria Park and features a 33-storey tower , also includes a shared 300-seat lecture theatre and seminar rooms.
Due to complete in 2013, the City Councils’ planning committee is expected to consider the application in March.
The architect’s view
Given the location of the site within a listed Park,and on a key route through the City, this project offers an opportunity to create a landmark building which will be an identifiable outward expression of the University.
We have worked closely with the local planning authority to develop a planning brief for the site, leading towards SPG and consequently a full planning application, which is due to be submitted in early 2011. The proposals continue to be discussed with English Heritage, SERDP and the local authority. The scheme is expecting to achieve a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating for both the faculty and residential accommodation.