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Solent Design Awards shortlist revealed

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The 12-strong shortlist of projects competing in the 2010 Solent Design Awards has been revealed

The competition recognises high quality architecture in the Solent region of south west England.

Penoyre & Prasad is shortlisted for its University of Portsmouth library project and van Heyningen and Haward Architects is also among the finalists for itsDennis Sciama Building in Portsmouth.

Paul Grover, chief executive of Solent Centre for Architecture + Design, said: ‘We really wanted to try to break new ground with this competition.  There are plenty of schemes which concentrate solely on design without looking at just how that design has truly added value to the people who matter – those who have to use it or live with it.’

Sarah Gaventa of CABE, who chaired the judging panel said: ‘What has impressed us is the variety of entries to this ground-breaking Award Scheme. And, in particular, the number of creative and contemporary refurbishments to old and historic buildings givng them a new lease of life, showing respect to their heritage whilst creating dynamic spaces for today.’

The public can vote online for their favourite to win the popular choice award between 15 September to 15 October . The public’s choice along with two further winners chosen by the judges will be revealed on 27 October.


Full shortlist

  •    London Road, Southampton ( Architect: Simon Taylor, Southampton City Council)

A gateway to the city centre, the scheme design set out to place a greater emphasis on the needs of pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users, whilst maintaining the operational requirements of a busy high street.

  •    Northam Homezone, Southampton (Architect: Mark Ellison, Southapton City Council)

Traffic calming measures through means of a new layout of roads and pavements have reduced speeds to less than 10 mph which, along with the introduction of a doorstep green park and planting, have made the area much safer and more appealing in which to live and play.

  • The Point, Eastleigh (Architect: Chaplin, Farrant, Wiltshire)

The Point, Eastleigh (Architect: Chaplin, Farrant, Wiltshire)

The Point, Eastleigh (Architect: Chaplin, Farrant, Wiltshire)


The construction of a new studio and link building, with alterations to the existing building have provided new facilities for local people, young actors and dancers, school children and professional performers.  The changes have allowed the building to address the park for public performance and greater public engagement.

  •   University of Portsmouth Library (Architect: Penoyre & Prasad LLP)

The extension to the library creates a highly visible entrance and provides much needed additional accommodation including IT facilities, flexible seminar rooms, study areas and a café.  The public are actively encouraged to walk through the grounds of the building, creating a new pedestrian route through the city.

  •   Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth (Architect: Glenn Howells Architects Ltd)

A historically sensitive conversion of a former naval storehouse into a new home for Portsmouth’s contemporary art gallery, including an education studio, café, shop, artist’s resource centre and offices.

  • Wellstead Primary School, Hedge End (Architects: Hampshire County Council)

A carefully designed one form entry school in a recently built neighbourhood which includes 7 classrooms, music/drama space, main hall, food-technology space, CDT space, SEN rooms, admin and necessary staff accommodation.

  •  Dennis Sciama Building, Portsmouth (Architects: van Heyningen and Haward Architects)

Dennis Sciama Building, Portsmouth (Architects: van Heyningen and Haward Architects)

Dennis Sciama Building, Portsmouth (Architects: van Heyningen and Haward Architects)


The first building in the planned re-development of the University of Portsmouth’s northern quarter, the building is stand alone as well as taking its place in a series of landscaped courts.  It provides a social hub for students and staff, dining halls and kitchen, teaching spaces and houses the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation.

  • Chapel Housing, Southampton (Architects: Chetwoods)

A residential development of 174 homes, which re-establishes the historic urban grain of St Marys and ensures a series of well defined streets and spaces.  The scheme was awarded a Gold Standard Award under Building for Life.  

  • Homewell, Havant (Architects: PLC Architects)

Refurbishment and development of a former parchment works in the heart of historic Havant.

  • Long Curtain, Portsmouth – The Nelson Trail (Architects: John Pike and Susan Whitehouse, Portsmouth City Council)

Structural, landscaping and interpretive enhancements of the oldest part of the City by means of a themed approach based on Nelson’s associations with the area.

  • Admiralty Quarter, Portsmouth (Architect: David Richmond & Partners)

A new development to provide housing and invigorate buildings along Queen Street, Admiralty Quarter is made up of a block of housing above a car parking plinth that surrounds a private garden courtyard and a housing tower.

  • Flagstaff Green (Architect: John Thompson & Partners)

Flagstaff Green, Clarence Yard, Gosport

Flagstaff Green, Clarence Yard, Gosport

Flagstaff Green forms the centrepiece of the Royal Clarence Victualling Yard. The scheme involves the conversion and extension of the former Police Lodge, the buildings to either side of the Ceremonial Entrance, and the rebuilding of the former Royal Engineers House. Re-landscaping completed the works which now comprise a series of residential units and a small office.


Judging panel

  •         Sarah Gaventa – director of public space at CABE
  •         Lorraine Farrelly – deputy head of Portsmouth University Architecture School
  •         Roger Zogolovitch – chairman of developer Lake Estates
  •         Lisa Jackson – town planner and urban designer
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