Stylish flats in communities up for top award

DESIGNS Royal Clarence Yard and Alliance House, inset, are up for an award
DESIGNS Royal Clarence Yard and Alliance House, inset, are up for an award

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THEY offer stylish new accommodation in the heart of two communities.

Now Royal Clarence Marina, in Weevil Lane, Gosport, and Alliance House, in St Mary’s Road, Kingston, have been short-listed for a top award.

Alliance House, Portsmouth

Alliance House, Portsmouth

Both buildings have been entered into the University of Portsmouth’s Solent Design Awards.

They are up against five other developments in Winchester, Southampton, Andover and Totton – and people have the chance to vote which one they want to see in the finals of the competition.

It has been set up in a bid to find the building which means the most to its community.

Alliance House is made up of 32 flats, two homes for the disabled and cottages.

Royal Clarence Marina, which is on the waterfront, is made up of flats as well as a restaurant.

Paul Grover, of the University of Portsmouth, is in charge of the awards.

He said: ‘I’m thrilled by the diversity of the short list.

‘Alliance House is designed to reflect the local style and aims to create its own sense of community.

‘It’s an excellent example of what can be achieved through imaginative design.’

Of Royal Clarence Marina, Paul said: ‘Its use of design brings added value to the local economy.

‘It uses the character of its 19th century dockyard heritage, and introduces contemporary architecture to define public spaces.

‘We urge everyone to vote.’

The awards will be presented at a special dinner in Portsmouth Guildhall on November 13.

People have until October 31 to vote at