University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth, UK

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Located at the crossroad between the city and the university, the University of Portsmouth’s new complex will act as a front door for the university, bringing together two separate faculties. Each area of the site has been designed to draw out individual identities, create a sense of place and deliver a unique landscape. The project has been approved by Portsmouth City Council (2022).

Key design principles:

  • Closely aligned to the architecture of the new building with a seamless transition between internal and external spaces

  • Use of local Purbeck stone to fit with surroundings

  • Use of simple motifs creating unity with other local landscapes, including nearby Victorian park

  • Creation of civic spaces matching the tone of the building and acting as a contrast to the soft park areas

  • Inclusion of soft spaces to attract people to the park for socialising and relaxation

  • Focus on softening the boundaries between the Victoria building site and Victoria Park, via floral and biodiverse perimeter planting and new paved links from the site to the park

  • Use of native and biodiverse planting, including planting within the building to the park and town rooms and at rooftop level

Project Name
University of Portsmouth
Portsmouth, UK
Submitted for planning
University of Portsmouth
FCBS Architects, Buro Happold Engineering, Gleeds