COMMERCIAL property firm Vail Williams has been picked to help with the transformation of a run-down office building close to Portsmouth’s dockyard into a 40-storey residential tower.
The proposed major development on The Hard has been submitted to Portsmouth City Council’s planners by Vail Williams on behalf of Bouygues Development Limited.
The scheme is to replace a derelict 13-storey vacant office building with a tower including 329 residential flats, accommodation for 512 students and 940sq m of shop space on the front at The Hard.
The plans also contain proposals for Havant Street car park, currently a surface car park, to become multi-storey.
The regeneration potential of both sites has been highlighted by the city council’s planning guidance for The Hard.
Vail Williams associate David Ramsay said: ‘This is a significant proposal for Portsmouth’s famous waterfront, bringing investment and jobs.
‘We’re committed to working with Portsmouth City Council and Bouygues Development, focusing our expertise on securing the very best development for the site and ultimately the city.
‘This landmark building is one of a number of large sites we are working on as a team, using our regional presence, local knowledge and depth of market experience.’
For the submission, Vail Williams’ planning team has played a key role working with Bouygues Development in compiling and submitting the planning application following pre-application discussions with council officers.
The Vail Williams team will provide planning advice and support during the determination period, monitoring the application’s progress and planning policy requirements.
A planning application for the development was submitted in April and a decision is expected later in the summer.