These buildings have been named as some of Portsmouth's best
ALLÂ that is great about architecture in Portsmouth was celebratedÂ at an awards evening.
The Portsmouth SocietyÂ 2018 design awards saw a host of exceptional buildings receive recognition for their incredibleÂ designs at the Royal Maritime Club on Wednesday.
The evening '“Â attended by more than 60 people including residents andÂ architects '“ wasÂ an overwhelming success as people marvelled at the hugeÂ array of buildingsÂ that were on display.
Blue plaques and commendation certificates were presented by the deputy lord mayor, Councillor David Fuller, to businesses in a variety of categories.
TwoÂ buildings scooped awards in the best new building awardÂ this year '“ includingÂ the city's new transport hub, the Hard Interchange.
BoastingÂ aÂ soaring roof shelter forÂ waiting passengers it comes equipped withÂ transparent walls. Designed by AHR Group and built by Osborne it was regarded as aÂ worthy winner.Â
Canoe Lake Leisure's tennis pavilion,Â designed byÂ Wendy Perring of PAD Studio, Southsea, also wonÂ a best new building award. Featuring aÂ delicate gull wing roof and pale walls in Danish brick linked to a first floor cafeÂ terrace it hasÂ a perfect view to watchÂ tennis.Â Construction was managed by Rice Projects.
Portsmouth's University Technical College was also recognised in the new build category thanks to itsÂ exhilarating triangular atrium, with exciting breakout spaces for students to congregate, surrounded by engineering workshops and science laboratories for teaching engineering and design skills.
Meanwhile, Europa House, aÂ tall office block just back from the Hard in Portsea, formerly the offices of Pall Europe Ltd, won the best reuse award.
The bringing of South Parade Pier back to life byÂ Tommy Ware senior and junior received a well-earned commendation in the best restoration category.
David Baynes, design award organiser, said: '˜The awards mean a lot to people '“ especiallyÂ architects and residents. There are more prestigious buildings in ourÂ city than weÂ think, with people often critical. ItÂ shows how many good buildings we have.'