Report recommends new brand for the harbour

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TODAY university researchers will deliver their verdict on how to make the most of Portsmouth Harbour.

Originally commissioned 10 years ago, their report suggests uniting the area of water shared by Portsmouth, Gosport and Fareham with a single brand, such as the Historic Portsmouth Harbour.

It also insists more co-operation between councils, businesses and developers would help pay for any changes and provide a single vision for the area’s future.

Portsmouth Harbour Renaissance – the company formed to deliver the regeneration of Portsmouth Harbour Millennium Scheme a decade ago – was the report’s originator.

Among other things, the company masterminded the Spinnaker Tower, the millennium walkways on both sides of the harbour, Action Stations and the Explosion! Museum.

Chief executive of the Naval Base Property Trust, Peter Goodship, said: ‘In the context of more Ministry of Defence land being released as the Royal Navy finds smarter ways of conducting its business, can more be made of this great place by greater collaboration between business, tourism and public sector and or through more focused branding?

‘That is the big question the study has sought to address.’

He added: ‘The potential development of sites such as Tipner, Lakeside, Trafalgar Wharf, Horsea Island and Priddy’s Hard could all benefit from association with Portsmouth Harbour as a brand.’