Kasbah in the Sky ready to give Portsmouth a new look

The exit spiral from the Tircorn's car park, November 1965 PPP-141215-122941001
The exit spiral from the Tircorn's car park, November 1965 PPP-141215-122941001
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Further pictures today from the late Brian Pearcey of the redevelopment of the Charlotte Street area of Landport in the heart of Portsmouth.

They have been passed on to me by his wife Yvette, of North End, Portsmouth, and each was taken towards the end of November 1965.

It was the following year that the Tricorn opened in the newly-created Market Way and it was a building which dominated architectural debate in the city and way beyond for the next four decades.

The so-called Kasbah in the Sky was the concrete equivalent of Marmite – you either loved it or hated it.

Whichever side of the fence you were on, there’s no doubt that it was a striking building, the like of which had never been seen in the city before.