City’s new landmarks clinch the top gongs at annual design awards

The Best Reuse award was presented to David and Carmen Sheppard of the Bluewater Care Home in Kingston Road
The Best Reuse award was presented to David and Carmen Sheppard of the Bluewater Care Home in Kingston Road
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AMAZING architecture and lavish landscaping across the city have been celebrated at Portsmouth Society’s annual design awards.

Top of the list was Somerstown Central, which as reported on Saturday scooped the Best New Building award.

The Charles Dickens statue, in the Guildhall Square, took the Best Landscaping category

The Charles Dickens statue, in the Guildhall Square, took the Best Landscaping category

The £10m community facility was revealed as the winner during the prestigious awards night at the new Ben Ainslie Racing building, in Old Portsmouth.

Portsmouth City Council’s planning boss, councillor Luke Stubbs, said these awards were ‘testament to the variety and quality’ of buildings in the city.

‘It is exciting to see what we can achieve when it comes to ambitious regeneration of the city and we’re delighted that the high quality of the design and construction of Somerstown Central has been recognised with an award that means a lot to local people,’ he said.

Others to be recognised included the bronze Charles Dickens statue, in Guildhall Square, which clinched the award for Best Landscaping.

The restoration and conservation of Storehouse 10 and 11 in the Historic Dockyard won the 'Best Restoration' category.  It is now called the Babcock Galleries, part of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, and hosting the HMS (Here My Story) displays of the Royal Navy in the 20th century,

The restoration and conservation of Storehouse 10 and 11 in the Historic Dockyard won the 'Best Restoration' category. It is now called the Babcock Galleries, part of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, and hosting the HMS (Here My Story) displays of the Royal Navy in the 20th century,

The accolade was presented to Professor Tony Pointon, of the Dickens Fellowship, by Portsmouth Grammar School headteacher James Priory.

The city’s new park and ride facility narrowly missed out on the top landscape prize. However, judges did award it a commendation.

Judge and chairman of the Portsmouth Society, Rod Edwards, said picking the winners was a tricky task.

‘There’s a lot going on in Portsmouth,’ he added.

Somerstown Central clinched the Best New Building accolade at the Portsmouth Society's annual design awards

Somerstown Central clinched the Best New Building accolade at the Portsmouth Society's annual design awards

‘There’s some great preservation happening across the city. So it was certainly a challenge for the judges to pick the winners.’

Other winners included David and Carmen Sheppard, of Bluewater Care Home, in Kingston Road, Buckland, who were presented with the Best Reuse title for their innovative conversion.

The couple transformed the former Regal Palace nightclub site into an ‘outstanding environment, especially comforting for dementia suffers’, Mr Edwards said.

Commendations were given to the Southsea Beach Café and the Ship Leopard boutique hotel in The Hard.

The rejuvenation and conservation of Storehouse 10 and 11 in the Historic Dockyard won the Best Restoration category.

Judges also commended designers of the extension to Milton Park Primary School, in Eastney Road, Eastney, the new building at Charter Academy, and Portsmouth Grammar School’s new sixth form centre, for their efforts.