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Design Awards 2016 Winners Announced

The 2016 Portsmouth Soceity Design Awards were announced at a special event held at the Royal Beach Hotel on 10 November. The Landrover BAR building in Old Portsmouth won the Best New Building prize. Best reuse went to Boathouse 4 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard with the Clocktower in Great Southsea Street winning the Best Restoration category. The new entrance gates at St Edmunds School in Arundel Street won the Best Landscaping award.

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Portsmouth Society Design Awards 2014

The Portsmouth Society is delighted to announce Awards and several Commendations in our Design Competition

The Mary Rose Museum in the Historic Dockyard is the iconic winner of the Best New Building Award. Designed by international architects Wilkinson Eyre, with interior design by Pringle Brandon and built by Warings, the ark/oyster shell-shaped building at right angles to HMS Victory fulfills all the competition's criteria.

The Garage Lounge at the corner of Victoria Grove and Victoria Road South in Southsea won the Best Reuse Award. The building started life as a villa and then became a garage and tyre workshop.

The City Museum Service's Cumberland House Natural History Museum on Eastern Parade is the winner of the Best Restoration Award. Nick Thompson led the in-house design and installation team.

The design awards were the subject of the Portsmouth Society's meeting on 9 December at Portsmouth Grammar School.

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Presentations from the Planning Seminar

The Portsmouth Society held a well-attended seminar on 15 October 2014.

Claire Upton-Brown, Portsmouth City Development Manager, gave a behind the scenes look at the planning application process. This was followed by Harry Groucott, Managing Director of MH Architects, who discussed how good planning drives good design.

A Behind The Scenes look at the planning process
Good planning drives good design

Winter 2014 Newsletter
Articles in this edition include ...
  • Roger James 5.1.1921 - 14.11.2013
  • Record Year for the Design Awards
  • Portsmouth Society Moves Forward
  • Historic Environment Meeting
  • “Southern Comfort 2013” - Civic Associations get-together
  • Portsmouth Naval Base – underpinning the nation's security
  • through the 21st century
  • Portsmouth City Council’s Planning Department
  • An update on The Story of Southsea Rock Gardens
  • The Story of Bob’s Bench
  • Tree Officer Report Winter 2013
  • Meeting with Leader of Portsmouth City Council
  • The Future of English Heritage
  • Distressed Town Centre Report
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Wymering Manor Trust Success in the People's Millions

Trust wins £50,000!

We are delighted to report that the Wymering Manor Trust has been awarded £50,000 from The People's Millions. The Portsmouth Society is a keen supporter of the Trust and we thank all those members who voted in the competition.

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Wymering Manor


Portsmouth Society Design Awards 2013

The Portsmouth Society is delighted to announce no less than five Awards and several Commendations in the four categories of our Design Competition this year : Best Restoration, Best Reuse, Best New Building and Best Landscaping.

Spitbank Fort won the Best Restoration prize as it has been impressively transformed into an extraordinary hospitality venue. The Limes at St James' Hospital won the Best New Building and there were two winners for Best Reuse: The former Gravedigfgers pub in Highland Road and St Cuthbert's Church Copnor.

The design awards will be the subject of the Portsmouth Society's meeting at the Square Tower in Old Portsmouth on 4 December.

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Meetings and events
Spitbank Fort

Autumn 2013 Newsletter
Articles in this edition include ...
  • Portsmouth Society Celebrates 40 Years
  • The Portsmouth Society – 40 years on
  • Civic Voice – Benefits of Membership
  • Royal Maritime Club, Portsmouth
  • Autumn Tree Walk in Ravelin Park - 5 October
  • Local History Course: The Victorians
  • Armed Forces Day
  • e-Petition to Amend the National Planning Policy Framework
  • The New Mary Rose Museum
  • akeside Wildlife Walks
  • The Future, 2014 and all that
  • Proposed TESCO superstore for Fratton Park
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AGM 2013 & talk "40 Years On ... The Portsmouth Society 1973-2013"

Our 2013 AGM and talk at the Square Tower on 40 years of the Portsmouth Society was well attended and we shall post the slide from the presentation here soon.

AGM Agenda, reports and other documents
Meetings and events

Winter 2013 Newsletter
  • Megastructure for The Hard
  • Wymering Manor Becomes Community Asset
  • Portsmouth Society's 40th Anniversary
  • Civic Voice in 2012
  • Civic Voice Coventry AGM and Convention
  • StalemateThreat to Pier Rescue
  • Meetings with the Leader of the Council
  • Diamond Jubilee tree planting in Milton Park
  • Hertha Ayrton (1854-1923)
  • Can anyone identify this house?
  • Greening the Tricorn Car Park
  • New Horizon Elms
  • A Day Out By Train to Shoreham-by-Sea
  • Architecture a la café at the Groundlings Theatre
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Spring 2013 Newsletter
  • New Owners for Wymering Manor
  • Civic Voice calls for Community Right of Appeal
  • MPs approve revised home extensions procedure
  • New permitted development rights come into force
  • Meeting with the Leader of the Council
  • The Local List of Buildings
  • Meet the committee – Simon Ball
  • Architecture a la Café at St. Cuthbert's Church Copnor
  • Shoreham-by-Sea Visit 20 April 2013
  • Shoreham Outer Beach – a personal view
  • St. Peter’s Update
  • April Gooch
  • 3 Portland Terrace – Request for information
  • New Books
  • Picture Parade
  • Portsmouth Society 40th Anniversary Lunch
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Autumn 2012 Newsletter
  • Portsmouth International Port Wins Best New Building 2012
  • Seafront and City Centre Masterplans
  • Visit to Gunwharf Quays – 4 July
  • Progress at Hilsea Lido
  • Croquet Pavilion, Canoe Lake Southsea – building at risk?
  • Littlehampton Visit 16 June
  • Heritage at Risk in the Dockyard
  • Re-thinking Neighbourhood Planning
  • Dickens Celebrations in Fratton
  • Work starts on the University's Eldon Building extension
  • Trees in the Townscape, a Guide for Decision Makers
  • Former Eagle Cinema, New Road, Copnor
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International Port Terminal wins Portsmouth Society's Best New Building Award

The winner of the 2012 Design Awards Best New Building award is the passenger terminal at Portsmouth International Port. Best Restoration is 5 Grove Road South, Southsea whilst Best Reuse is Southsea Library in Palmerston Road. In the Best Landscaping category the central reservation at Mile End Road received the award. There were commended schemes in all categories and you can read the full report here.

The judges, entrants and Portsmouth Society members will be discussing the entries and winners at the Society's meeting on Wednesday 7 November at 7pm in the St. George's Centre Old Portsmouth when all are welcome.
Meetings and events.
Portsmouth International Port terminal building

5 Grove Road South, Southsea


Design Awards winners are announced - Portsmouth is enhanced, despite recession

The recession and local authority spending cuts do not appear to have dampened local people's enthusiasm to enhance Portsmouth with good design - in new buildings, reuses of buildings and landscaping.

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Spring 2012 Newsletter
  • Lord Mayor unveils Design Awards Plaques
  • Architecture à la Café
  • From the Chair
  • Planning matters
  • Removal of VAT relief on alterations to listed buildings
  • Georgette, “Gigi” Norrish
  • Trees Update
  • The Portsmouth Dialect – “Pompeyspeak”
  • Open Plaques
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Winter 2012 Newsletter
  • Progress at Wymering Manor
  • New phone mast for Copnor
  • Savoy Court, South Parade
  • Architecture à la Café
  • Audrey Jane Mullis, 1934 -2011
  • 2011 Design Awards
  • Please can you help?
  • Tricorn Shop Centre sign
  • BBC Reel History 2 Film Event
  • Quebec House, Old Portsmouth
  • Conservation or Change – the care of Church Buildings
  • Farewell to ASWE
  • Romsey trip - A fine day, a fine town…
  • New Elm Trees for Ladies’ Mile, Southsea Common
  • Memories of the Great Storm of October 1987
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Portsmouth Society Wins Civic Day Award

At the Civic Voice national conference in Sheffield inOctober 2011, the Portsmouth Society was presented with a commemorative plaque in recognition of its work for Civic Day. The award was for the Innovative School Project undertaken bythe society and recognised the spread of activities undertaken to strengthen relationships with local schools. The plaque was signed by Griff Rhys Jones, Civic Voice President.


Autumn 2011 Newsletter
  • Farewell Savoy Court
  • Edwardian Seafront Shelter
  • Civic Day 2011 - in Retrospect
  • The Future for St Peter's and St Luke's Southsea
  • Revising Lloyd/Pevsner
  • The Friends of Cumberland House natural History Museum, Southsea
  • The Localism Bill
  • Friends of Old Wymering - Alive and Kicking!
  • Guided Walk - The City Centre's Best 20th Century Buildings
  • News from Portsmouth and Southsea Tree Wardens
  • News from Civic Voice
  • The Portsmouth Book of Days
  • New Theatre Royal
  • Corporate Membership
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Summer 2011 Newsletter
  • Wymering Manor- Building At Risk
  • Civic Day Arrives
  • Portsmouth Society Officers and Committee 2011-12
  • Andrew Handyside
  • What’s Portsmouth For? – Penny Mordaunt MP
  • Portsmouth’s Favourite Trees
  • St Peter’s Church and Institute Somers Road
  • Consultations
  • Dockyards In Art: Art in Dockyards
  • Anti-tank defences at Eastney beach
  • Gog and Magog
  • Greening the Tricorn Grey
  • The Bunker
  • Old Portsmouth: A Garrison Town in the Mid-19th Century
  • Portsmouth Society on Twitter @PortsmouthSoc
  • Committee Minutes
  • Summer Day Trip to Romsey
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Portsmouth Society AGM 2011

The Portsmouth Society's thirty-eighth Annual General Meeting took place on 6 April 2011 at the St George's Building, Old Portsmouth.

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Spring 2011 Newsletter

  • The Saga of Derelict Eyesores on the Seafront
  • Buildings of England - a celebration of the achievement of Sir Nikolaus Pevsner and his co-authors.
  • New book from CABE - Creating excellent buildings - A guide for clients
  • Civic Day Update
  • Pedestrianisation of Commercial Road (South) and Edinburgh Road (East)
  • Planning Matters
  • Book Review - Deane Clark’s Portsmouth
  • A Green Walk in Old Portsmouth
  • Words of Wisdom from the Leader of Portsmouth City Council

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Anti-tank Defences at Eastney beach

A campaign group has pursuaded English Heritage to list the World War II anit-trank defences at Eastney beach

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Autumn 2010 Newsletter

  • Design Awards 2010 - A Focus on Sustainable Development
  • The Big Event
  • Civic Day 2011
  • Meet the committee – part 2
  • Heritage Weekend, Southsea Castle
  • New Books: Thomas Ellis Owen – Shaper of Portsmouth,‘Father of Southsea’; The Tricorn Life and Death of a Sixties Icon; Deane Clark’s Portsmouth
  • English Heritage Protection Process
  • Portsmouth Tree Wardens
  • Transfer of Assets
  • Fortifications on the South Coast
  • Recruit a friend!

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Summer 2010 Newsletter

  • Civic Voice is Launched
  • Letter from the Chairman
  • Southern Comfort 2010
  • Meet the committee – part 1
  • What the Victorians left to us
  • The New 2010 Strand Mural
  • PPS5 - Planning for the Historic Environment
  • Plan to put up memorial to 14 victims of air raid
  • Do Street Trees have a Future?
  • Tree Identification Walk in Milton Park
  • Design Awards 2010 - Nominations invited
  • Portsmouth Green Fair
  • Letter to the Editor
  • Portsea Island Discs

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Southern Comfort 2010

Several of our members had the pleasure of representing the Portsmouth Society at 'Southern Comfort' at Winchester on Saturday 10 July. This was a formal meeting of local Civic Societies in the South-East, hosted by the City of Winchester Trust .

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Spring 2010 Newsletter

  • “Green Lung” Destroyed at Mile End Road,
  • New Chairman for the Portsmouth Society
  • Membership Subscriptions
  • A Message from Celia Clark
  • Introducing Bob Adderley
  • New National Voice for Civic Societies
  • New use for Beneficial School, Portsea
  • Can you help?
  • Space, Place-making and Urban Design - SPUD
  • Book Review - 'Kilo Sierra Five One' (Policing Portsmouth in the 1980s)
  • Portsmouth and Southsea Tree Wardens
  • Days Out with the Portsmouth Society

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Shaping Southsea

In the spring of 2009, the University of Portsmouth collaborated with the Portsmouth City Council, on a series of events. concerning the regeneration of Southsea seafront. The results of the exercise have been published in a set of documents which are hosted on the University's Web site.

View the Shaping Southsea reports

Former ARE Building Portsdown Hill

The Portsmouth Society is very sad to see that a key part of the Portsdown Hill skyline is being demolished.

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Portsmouth Society Annual Report is published

The Society's annual report was published at the Annual General Meeting in April. Containing a summary of the years activities, including the Design Awards, our successful outings and our campaigning, the report is essential reading for all members.

Click Here to read the Annual Report (opens in a new window)

New chairman for the Portsmouth Society

At the Annual General Meeting of the Portsmouth Society Dr Celia Clark stood down as chairman, a post she has held for many years. Our new chairman is Bob Adderley who is well known to many members.

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Design Awards Unveiling

On 6 March, the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Terry Hall, unveiled the plaques awarded to commemorate the Portsmouth Society's design awards for the year 2009.

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Portsmouth & Southsea Tree Wardens

With the help of a small grant from Southsea Town Council and a second grant secured by Hilsea Councillor Donna Jones, the Portsmouth & Southsea Tree Wardens Scheme is now up and running. There is now a Web site with full information plus details of how to get involved. Visit www.portsmouthsouthseatreewardens.co.nr
Portsmouth & Southsea Tree Wardens

Winter 2010 Newsletter

  • New Continental Ferry Port Terminal Building Unveiled
  • Civic Society Initiative – Conclusions and Next Steps
  • Civic Trust South East Autumn Conference
  • World Heritage Bid
  • MOD disposals - new research commissioned by the Bill Sargeant Trust
  • Greening Southsea
  • Housing Space Standards: Rising or Falling?
  • Local Transport Plan 3
  • Site of Savoy Buildings, South Parade, Southsea
  • Fawcett Rd, Emanuels & Willesden
  • Some Unexpected Choices?
  • What do you love about Portsmouth?
  • Patricia Sheridan (Paddy) 1930-2009 An Appreciation
  • Two new local history books from Ron Brown
  • Meetings and Events
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Autumn 2009 Newsletter

  • Design Awards 2009
  • Goodbye Civic Trust, Hello Civic Society Initiative
  • 'City of Culture' 2013
  • Tricorn Book is published!
  • World Heritage Site - update
  • The Admiralty Surface Weapons Establishment
  • Architectural 'Bus Tour August 2009
  • Greening Southsea
  • Volunteering Opportunity - Tree Wardens
  • English Heritage Conservation Area Report
  • No.6 Your local independent cinema
  • Days out with the Portsmouth Society
  • Pedestrian Guardrailing
  • Gift Aid - Helping the Society's Funds!
  • Denis Callender
  • Treadgolds Ironmongers …
  • … and Treadgolds Warehouse
  • UniverCities Conference - Portsmouth 23 & 24 July
  • Meetings and Events
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Design Awards 2009 - Winners Announced

For the first time ever, we have given awards to three new buildings in the Portsmoth Soeiety's annual Design Awarda. It has been a record year for new buildings in Portsmouth!

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Civic Society Initiative

Tony Burton (ex-National Trust) is leading the Civic Society Initiative project with a view to replacing the now defunct Civic Trust.. Local civic societies met Tony in Portsmouth to discuss the way forward.

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Successful school design

CABE (Commission for Architecture in the Built Environment) have issued guidance on successful school design. This is very relevant for Portsmouth with the Building Schools for the Future programme in full swing as we learned at the Portsmouth Society's May meeting.

The publications aim to help local authority clients, bidders, designers and local planning authorities whose building schools for the future sample school projects are being reviewed by the commission.

For a full description and links to the documents, see www.cabe.org.uk/publications/successful-school-design

The Tricorn: Life and Death of a Sixties Icon

This forthcoming book by Celia Clark and Robert Cook explores what makes an architectural icon – and what unmade it. It sets the Tricorn within its architectural context:.

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World Heritage Bid Web Site

The project to inscribe Portsmouth Harbour, Spithead and the Isle of Wight as a Unesco World Heritage site now has its own Web site. On it you will find full details of the proposals and how you can become involved.

Visit the World Heritage Bid Web site.

Portsmouth Reflections

An innovative book by Neil Marshall has been published featuring pictures of Portsmouth Then and Now.

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Portsmouth Reflections - click here for details.

Winter 2009 Newsletter

  • Save Our Trees!
  • World Heritage Site update
  • Public Art Strategy
  • The Pyramids, Southsea
  • Go permeable - it's planning free!
  • Seafront Shelter
  • Days out with the Portsmouth Society
  • Planning update
  • Dr Colin White
  • Your local independent cinema needs you!
  • Maintaining the unique character of Drayton Lane
  • From the Membership Secretary
  • Grass Roots Online - the Civic Societies Newsletter
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Autumn 2008 Newsletter

  • 2008 Annual Design Awards
  • Portsmouth Harbour, the Isle of Wight and Spithead as a World Heritage site
  • Link with sister city Portsmouth New Hampshire
  • Design Champion/Historic Environment Champion
  • An evening walking tour of Alverstoke Village
  • The Omega Centre
  • Somerstown
  • Planning Q & As
  • "Your city, your future - the draft Portsmouth Plan".
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No Diving - Memories of Hilsea Lido

Visit the web site created as a result of a recent project to collect memories of the Hilsea Lido.

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2008 Annual Design Awards - Announced

Once again this year The Portsmouth Society is pleased to announce the results of its prestigious annual design competition with Best Restoration going to the beautifully restored auditorium of the Kings Theatre..

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Summer 2008 Newsletter

  • Northern Quarter Plans Approved
  • Architectural Bus Tour
  • City Vision Centres - Southampton - and Portsmouth?
  • Designing Portsmouth 2009/2010
  • Hilsea Lido Update
  • Southsea Flooding
  • World Heritage Site Bid
  • The Shelter on Eastney Esplanade
  • Thomas Ellis Owen Sculpture
  • Treadgolds Museum
  • Naval Medicine
  • Pyramids update
  • Rodney Gordon 1033-2008
  • Poleitis!
  • Philip Kolvin's Speech to the Civic Trust South East.
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Naval Medicine - the story of James Lind

The Summer 2008 newsletter feature an article about James Lind, pioneer in Naval medicine. The item was shortened owing to lack of space, however the full article is reporoduced here.

View the full article on James Lind.

Portsmouth Society Annual Report

The annual report was presented to the society's AGM on 2nd April. You can read the report here.

Annual Report 2007/8

Friends of the Pyramids

Through lobbying and campaigning, The Friends Of The Pyramids have persuaded the City Council to grant the leisure complex on Southsea seafront a stay of execution.

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Winter 2008 Newsletter

Top stories include :

  • The past is a present to the future
  • Northern Quarter Plans Now Available
  • Farewell Pitt Street Baths
  • Tipner Regeneration Masterplan
  • Hilsea Lido Pool for the People
  • Boundary walls and Conservation Areas
  • What's Past is Passed? - Creative Thinking Exercise
  • Your City, Your Future - Core Strategy Submission
  • The Guardsman, Fratton Road
  • Cut the VAT Coalition
  • Odeon Cinema North End
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Northern Quarter Planning Applications

Detail plans for the Northern Quarter shopping and leisure complex for Portsmouth city centre were submitted in February to the City Council and more recently, Centros Miller have submitted revised plans for the proposed John Lewis store.
Northern Quarter (reserved matters) Planning Application
Northern Quarter (reserved matters) - Portsmouth Society's comments
John Lewis store - details of the revised planning application

Demolition of Pitt Street Baths

A useful and decorative piece of Portsmouth's heritage has been destroyed with the demolition of Pitt Street Baths to make way for the Northern Quarter road scheme.

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Click here to read about the demolition of Pitt Street Baths.

The world’s first Cultural Seascape to be inscribed on the World Heritage list

A new proposal – to work towards inscription of Portsmouth Harbour and Spithead as a World Heritage site – promises to provide continuity from the physical and social legacy of the area's past towards a well designed, creative future, where new developments and enterprises are of the highest quality and distinctive aspects of the area's economy are enhanced, stimulated by what makes it worthy of world-wide recognition.

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Portsmouth Harbour from Portsdown Hill. Click for full article on the World Heritage listing.

Introducing HILSEA LIDO POOL FOR THE PEOPLE

Two recent public meetings at the Lido's Blue Lagoon have seen the numbers of supporters now working to save this much-loved swimming pool quickly grow. A third meeting is planned for 7pm on Tuesday 13th November at The Avenue Hotel. Click here for more details.

See also The Lido's 'pool' of life-savers begins to fill!.
Introducing Hilsea Lido Pool for the People - click for more details.

New plans for Portsmouth Football Club Stadium

Portsmouth Football Club announced on 26 October that they have revised their plans and are now looking to locate the new stadium at Horsea Island next to the M275 motorway near the Sails of the South sculpture. We look forward to seeing the detail plans but in the meantime you can see the proposals at the PFC Web site at www.portsmouthfc.co.uk .
Aerial view of the site for the proposed new stadium and housing at Horsea Island.

Special Report - South West Trains

The campaign continues - to restore a respectable standard of accommodation on Main Line services operated by South West Trains (SWT) between London (Waterloo) and Portsmouth Harbour. In this special report, we summarise the situation and describe the actions we and others are taking to persuade SWT to listen to their customers.

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Click here to read the special report on South West Trains.

Autumn 2007 Newsletter

Top stories include :

  • Design Awards 2007
  • Harbour cruise report
  • Hilsea Lido
  • Wymering Manor
  • World Heritage Site update
  • T.E.Owen sculpture
  • Commercial Rd/Edinburgh Rd public inquiry
  • PFC Stadium
  • Core Strategy - what's on the horizon for Portsmouth?
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Click here to read the Portsmouth Society's Autumn 2007 newsletter.

Design Awards 2007 - The results

The new University Library extension is Portsmouth's Best New Building 2007.

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University Library entrance by night.  Click for more details on the 2000 Design Awards.

Portsmouth Cycle Forum

The Portsmouth Cycle Forum has a new web site called PompeyBUG where you can find details of meetings and current activities. Membership of the Forum is open to individuals and organisation with an interest in cycling in the City of Portsmouth. Their next public meeting is on Thursday 27th September at 7pm in Portsmouth Guildhall.

PompeyBUG Web site.

Hilsea Lido Questionnaire

In July of this year, the Hilsea Lido Working Group created a questionnaire to canvas the opinions of users of the Hilsea Lido. When the new swimming pool at the Mountbatten Centre opens in a few years time, the Art Deco main swimming pool at the Lido at Hilsea will no longer be maintained by Portsmouth City Council. Grateful thanks go to all who have helped in this important survey, the results of which are currently being analyzed and which has led to the organising of an important public meeting there in October.

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Summer 2007 Newsletter

Top stories include :
  • Portsmouth FC Stadium for The Hard?,
  • Core Strategy for Portsmouth
  • Proposals for Northern Quarter,
  • Planning Matters
  • Buildings in their original condition
  • Membership update
  • South West Trains
  • Planning white paper
  • Meeting with PCC Chief Exec. David Williams
  • World Heritage proposals
  • Edinburgh Rd / Commercial Rd closure
  • Portsmouth Society wins Civic Award
  • Commemorations
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Architecture Week Boat Trip 21st June

The Architecture Week Boat Trip was attended by more than 150 members and guests. The weather was favourable and we were able to travel towards Portchester Castle and Fareham Creek before heading south out of the harbour as far as Clarence Pier. Thanks to all who helped organise such a successful event. Any ideas for Architecture Week 2008?

Annual Report 2007

The annual report of the Society was presented at the AGM in April. Portsmouth's mini-building boom continues but we are still concerned at the poor quality of some of the designs. Archeology, Hilsea Lido and the new Northern Quarter development are just three of the other many issues we have been involved with in the past year.

Read the report
Click here to read the Annual Report 2007

Winter 2007 Newsletter

In this edition ...
  • Design Awards 2006
  • Savoy Buildings
  • New John Lewis store for Northern Quarter
  • Portsmouth Harbour as a World Heritage Site
  • Report from Southern Comfort 2006
  • The New Planning System
  • Core Strategy Questionnaire
  • Architecture Week 2007
  • Portsmouth Archaeology
  • Reviving Hilsea Lido
  • The City Council's Trees
  • South West Trains (SWT) downgrades Portsmouth - Waterloo line
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Reports from Southern Comfort 2006

The reports from the Southern Comfort 2006 meeting held in Portsmouth on 16 October are now available for downloading.

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Southern Comfort 2006 logo

Portsmouth Society Design Awards 2006

The Spinnaker Tower, the setting of Nelson's Statue and the Angel Drinking Fountain were the winners in this year's Design Competition.

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South West Trains downgrades Portsmouth-Waterloo services

Since winning the 10-year South Western rail franchise, Stagecoach owned South West Trains has decided to downgrade Portsmouth-Waterloo line services.

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High density suburban class 450 trains are now running on most Portsmouth-Waterloo services, replacing 2 year-old long-distance class 444 units.

The future of Portsmouth Naval Base

As a result of a Government review, Portsmouth Naval Base is under threat of closure. The News has an on-line petition which you can sign.

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Picture of aircraft carrier

Summer 2006 Newsletter

Articles include :
  • Wymering Manor Success
  • Southern Comfort 2006
  • Buckingham House, Old Portsmouth
  • Archaeology – missing in Portsmouth
  • New Publications
  • Knight & Lee - Proposal for listed status
  • Portsmouth Festivities
  • South East Plan
  • Proposed Regeneration of Tipner
  • Abolition of Crown exemption
  • New Think Tank
  • Volunteer Day 17 June 2006
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Winter Newsletter

Top stories from in the February 2006 newsletter :
  • Maritime City - Portsmouth 1945 - 2005'
  • Northern Quarter - Outline Permission Granted
  • Brunel Bicentennial Celebrations
  • Wymering Manor - the oldest house in Portsmouth
  • Decaying Public Heritage
  • Craftspeople in short supply - yet popular university course to close?
  • Southern Comfort 2005, Farnham
  • Nuclear or not?
  • Peter Cobb - Fortifications buff, enthusiast and colleague
  • Nothing to Report - more signs in Old Portsmouth
  • St George's Road Pelican crossing - a small victory for the Society
Portsmouth Society Winter 2006 Newsletter
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Portsmouth Society Newsletter - Autumn 2005

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Portsmouth Society Newsletter - Summer 2005

In this edition ...

  • How do you recognise a good building?
  • Design Awards 2005 - Nominations Invited
  • "Inside Out" Home for Mary Rose
  • Beneficial School, Kent Street, Portsea
  • A sustainable future for Fraser Battery, Eastney?
  • Concrete Threat to Front Gardens
  • Block Mills - top historic site and Building at Risk
  • Mudlarks
  • More Pompeyspeak
  • Travel costs since 1997
  • Traffic gridlocks in Portsmouth
  • The South East Plan
  • The Point and Broad Street – Appeal rejected
  • Nelson's statue and the Victory anchor
  • Moving around Portsmouth
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Portsmouth Society Newsletter - Spring 2005

In this edition ...

  • What Future for Southsea Shopping Precinct?
  • How to declutter your streets
  • Trafalgar 200
  • Lionel Brett (Viscount Esher) 1913-2004
  • Replanning the Tricorn site
  • Tricorn News & Gossip
  • The Great Portsmouth Gridlock
  • The Rimmington mural
  • Traffic Signs in Conservation Areas
  • Milan Mandaric statue appeal
  • Defects of the traffic system
  • Postcards from Portsmouth
  • Forgotten Ports of England
  • TETRA - Transmitting from Fratton Park
  • Conservation News
  • Guide to Planning
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Portsmouth Society Newsletter - Summer 2004

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Portsmouth Society Newsletter - Winter 2004

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Portsmouth Society Newsletter - Autumn 2003

Here are the main stories from the Autumn edition of the Portsmouth Society Newsletter.

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Portsmouth Society Newsletter - May 2003

Here are the main stories from the Spring edition of the Portsmouth Society Newsletter.
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Portsmouth Society Newsletter - January 2003

Here are the main stories from the Winter edition of the Portsmouth Society Newsletter.

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  The Archive

The Portsmouth Society's records go back many years. In the Archive you will find back issues of our newsletters and annual reports.

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