Neighbours back skyscraper plans

Draft proposals for a new landmark tower at the Brunel House site at The Hard in Portsmouth.
Draft proposals for a new landmark tower at the Brunel House site at The Hard in Portsmouth.
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PLANS to transform a dilapidated building into a soaring skyscraper are being welcomed by neighbours.

As revealed yesterday, developers want to knock down Brunel House at The Hard and build this spectacular glass and steel structure, pictured right.

The development would include a 200-bed hotel, a 600-bed student halls of residence, private homes with parking, and shops on the ground floor.

Fred Stemp, a retired taxi driver of Cross Street, Portsea, said: ‘Brunel House has been derelict for ages and we have to do something different with it.

‘It’s probably been like that for 10 years, so whatever comes in its place can’t be much worse.’

Portsmouth construction firm Warings would turn Brunel House, which used to be an accommodation block owned by the Ministry of Defence, into a huge structure.

The plans have been outlined by Bouyges Development and it is hoped building work will start in 2014.

Denise Godfrey, 49, a HR administrator, of Cross Street, Portsea, said: ‘The current building is an eyesore and a waste of space.

‘When we get visitors coming in it can be one of the first things they see, so it needs to be improved.’

n The public is invited to see the designs at the John Pounds Centre, in Queen Street, Portsea, where developers will answer questions.

People can see the plans today from 5pm to 8pm or tomorrow from 12pm to 6pm.

The News yesterday incorrectly said the public consultation started on Wednesday. We apologise for the error.