Cash boost for scheme to fix up historic site

NEW LIFE Priddy's Hard
NEW LIFE Priddy's Hard
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PLANS to bring more than a dozen derelict buildings at Priddy’s Hard back into use have taken a step towards a £1.9m grant.

Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust, which owns the site, has secured initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Priddy’s Hard Regeneration Project.

E Magazine

E Magazine

It means the HLF has endorsed the project and the property trust has up to two years to submit completed proposals for the final award.

Under plans, Priddy’s Hard would be turned into a new waterside destination for homes and businesses.

Peter Goodship, consultant chief executive for the trust, said: ‘It has taken a while to reach this stage since we acquired the site from Gosport Borough Council at the end of 2010, but to bring 17 listed buildings back into sustainable use, help local businesses expand, create almost 30 jobs, and build new homes with fabulous views of Portsmouth Harbour will be a fantastic achievement and well worth the wait.’

The property trust says it has been working with Linden Homes and businesses to craft the plans.

The Proof House

The Proof House

The elements of the project for which HLF has pledged initial support include:

- unlocking £11m private sector investment in the estate to create a new community;

- creating 28 permanent positions and 44 construction jobs;

- securing the long-term future of seven listed buildings and the scheduled ramparts;

The Shell Store

The Shell Store

- ensuring the refurbishment of a further 10 listed buildings in the estate;

- supporting the Explosion Museum and its business activities;

- providing financial means for the trust to maintain the 25-acre estate in perpetuity.

The project includes 104 new homes which Linden Homes will build. The trust says it will use income from the residential scheme to match funding from the HLF’s support for the project.

It will build new community facilities including a conservation centre operated by the National Museum of the Royal Navy, sleepover facilities for school groups in a converted gunpowder store, a micro-brewery operated by the Oakleaf Brewing Company in the old E Magazine and a new waterside pub and restaurant where Oakleaf will serve real ales.

The ramparts will also be opened to the public.

Ed Anderson, head brewer at Oakleaf Brewing Company said: ‘This is brilliant news. Priddy’s Hard is a fantastic, prestigious site and with its steady temperature of 10C, E Magazine is the perfect environment for brewing and storing beer.

‘We will offer tours of the brewery, showing how we make our award-winning ales and how this amazing building was converted for the purpose.

‘We look forward to welcoming visitors to the new waterside pub restaurant to enjoy delicious meals and, of course, our beer.’