Community building wins a society award

Somerstown Central is Portsmouth's best new building, according to the Portsmouth Society
Somerstown Central is Portsmouth's best new building, according to the Portsmouth Society
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ICONIC community building Somerstown Central has won the Portsmouth Society’s Best New Building award.

The 90m landmark tubular structure, which opened last May, was announced as the winner at the event at the new Ben Ainslie Racing building in Old Portsmouth.

The £10m multi-use Somerstown Central spans Winston Churchill Avenue and contains youth, health and community facilities as well as an area housing office, 
café, dance studio and sports hall.

Cllr Luke Stubbs, Portsmouth City Council’s cabinet member for planning, regeneration and economic development, said: ‘We are very proud of this building.

‘It is exciting to see what we can achieve when it comes to ambitious regeneration of the city and we are 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.’

The building was designed and built by contractors BAM.

Chairman of the Portsmouth Society Rod Edwards said: ‘We were delighted to make this prestigious award to Somerstown Central. We had a large number of high quality schemes built in Portsmouth last year but this was a clear winner.’