The Hard Regeneration, Portsmouth, PO1 3PA

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Site Details

Type: Redevelopment of The Hard transport interchange serving 9 million annual passengers, along with development of four-storey apartments and houses on Cross Street and new 262-bed student halls on Havant Street.
Opportunities: Occupier

Location: Situated between Gunwharf Quays and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Part of a site which includes Portsmouth Harbour train station, Isle of Wight Catamaran terminal and Gosport Ferry terminal.

Overview: The Hard is hugely important to Portsmouth, both as a trnsport interchange and gateway to the city. It is a site where bus, train, coach and boat services come together and for many people it is the first thing they see when arriving in Portsmouth.

Leading architects, AHR Ltd, were appointed to work with the city council and the various transport operators to design a new interchange that provides a fantastic new passenger facility and iconic gateway to the city.  

Demolition work began in autumn 2015 to remove the 1970's bus station and completely develop the interchange site. A new glass building will create a modern, safe and accessible space for passengers, whilst high quality surfacing and increased public spaces for pedestrians and cyclists will make The Hard a safer place to move around. Work is now well underway with the first phase that includes the new passenger building due for completion in late 2016.

The project is being jointly funded by the city council together with Solent Local Enterprise Partnership after the council team were successful in bidding for £4.8m of funding.

This will be the first part of on-going regeneration in The Hard area and will act as a catalyst for future development projects. As well as creating an improved gateway to Portsmouth for those arriving at The Hard, the redevelopment of the interchange has further benefits to the city. It is vital to the western transport corridor, linking with the M275 park-and-ride and bus lane and plans to improve the city centre road layout. The project is part of £1.8billion investment planned for the city during the next 20 years.

Within the Hard regeneration area, there is a conversion scheme underway of Europa House on Havant Street to create a 262-bed halls of residence, while the former Allders Warehouse site is being redeveloped into 85 flats and 5 houses.









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