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Portsmouth Blade In Depth

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Portsmouth Blade In Depth

Post  Mr007 on Thu Feb 24, 2011 12:58 am

Portsmouth Blade In Depth

Published on 03-02-2011 by
More details have been revealed about what could be one of the tallest buildings in Portsmouth if it gets the go-ahead, the so-called Portsmouth Blade.

The design features a full demolition of the existing Victoria Swimming Pool and the construction of two new interconnected buildings designed to be a central hub for the University of Portsmouth.

The joint development between the University of Portsmouth and the Watkins Jones Group will have a university and teaching facility for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences with 4,629 square metres of space. This makes up the low-rise element of the scheme.

The second building is a tower with 33 floors above ground that will rise to a height of 95 metres, making it the same size as the existing Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth's tallest habitable building, the tower has been designed to provide accommodation for 598 students.

With the intention to create a slender tower on the west of the site the architects have tried to create a form that is sculpted into an elongated prism inspired by a billowing sail. From the east and west elevations however, the chamfered look appears as a rather broad building with a width to height ratio of 2 to 1. On the other hand, the north and south elevations present a more pleasing figure of 5 to 1, and it is this landmark view down Anglesea Road that is perhaps considered paramount as this is one of the main approaches to the city centre.

At ground level will be a cutaway creating a new pedestrian route through the site that will link Anglesea Road to Victoria Park with it revealing in the process, a deep red canopy interior that contrasts strongly with the pixilated, metallic shades of the buildings exteriors that blend windows and cladding into one. In all, four grey shades of Alucobond cladding will be used along with semi-reflective windows and dark tinted windows.

The previously mentioned pedestrian route exists not just as a public amenity but also for a practical reason as the University of Portsmouth is located on the other side of the railway embankment it will run through. This is a route that has been closed for the past 75 years.

The designs by Architecture PLB are now winging their way through Portsmouth's planning system.
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