Catherine House, a new £50 million student housing project in Portsmouth city centre, has won the prize for 'International Project of the Year' at the Irish Construction Industry Awards in Dublin. The project has transformed the previously derelict 1970's office building that was previously known as Zurich House, and given it a new lease of life.
Catherine House provides 1000 high specification student rooms in an ideal city centre location, close to the University of Portsmouth campus, the railway station and the commercial centre of the city. The complete renovation of the iconic Zurich House building has brought a huge boost to the city centre. The university is one of the world's top 100 new universities, it has 19,000 students on campus and is expanding, so the provision of new high quality student housing in the city is of vital importance.
The development also generated £1.7m funding for Community Infrastructure projects across the city. The construction company, McAleer & Rushe, worked closely with Portsmouth City Council to offer work experience to local people. They took on five apprentices and employed over 80 local people to work on the construction site.