Welcome

to the website about our proposals for 12-28 Arundel Street, Portsmouth

You’ll be able to find here all the information about our proposals, the public consultation and how to give us your feedback.

Portsmouth University continues to grow and despite some recent student accommodation schemes in the city the evidence shows that there is still unmet need for further purpose-built student accommodation, which will have grown further by our planned opening date of 2024.

We believe our high-quality offer to students, including an in-house gym, basketball court and cinema room will attract students to live in the City Centre increasing footfall and activity in this part of the city centre.

We have been discussing our proposals with Portsmouth City Council for a number of months and are now ready to present them to the public to receive feedback before submitting a planning application.

You’ll be able to find here all the information about our proposals, the public consultation and how to give us your feedback.

Portsmouth University continues to grow and despite some recent student accommodation schemes in the city the evidence shows that there is still unmet need for further purpose-built student accommodation, which will have grown further by our planned opening date of 2024.

We believe our high-quality offer to students, including an in-house gym, basketball court and cinema room will attract students to live in the City Centre increasing footfall and activity in this part of the city centre.

We have been discussing our proposals with Portsmouth City Council for a number of months and are now ready to present them to the public to receive feedback before submitting a planning application.

The Site

The site is 12 to 28 Arundel St in Portsmouth city centre.

It is currently occupied by a number of shops, a number of which have been vacant during this year and offer limited draw from the main shopping street. Our proposals will transform the site and create a modern, attractive and accessible environment to help revitalise the city centre.

The building itself is two-storey, low quality in design and in our view is in significant need of regeneration.

The site is bordered to the north by Arundel Street, to the east by Slindon Street, to the south by Yapton Street and is bordering the Debenhams Store on Commercial Road to the west. The area is highly urbanised, with tall residential buildings both newly constructed and planned nearby.

It is in a highly sustainable location, next to key shopping areas and with very easy access to bus routes and Portsmouth & Southsea train station.

It is currently occupied by a number of shops, a number of which have been vacant during this year and offer limited draw from the main shopping street. Our proposals will transform the site and create a modern, attractive and accessible environment to help revitalise the city centre.

The building itself is two-storey, low quality in design and in our view is in significant need of regeneration.

The site is bordered to the north by Arundel Street, to the east by Slindon Street, to the south by Yapton Street and is bordering the Debenhams Store on Commercial Road to the west. The area is highly urbanised, with tall residential buildings both newly constructed and planned nearby.

It is in a highly sustainable location, next to key shopping areas and with very easy access to bus routes and Portsmouth & Southsea train station.

Our Proposals

Our proposal is for a cluster of three buildings, seamlessly connected internally but externally each facing a separate street which borders the site with a specific design. A 6-storey building will face Arundel Street, and house a new retail space, basketball court/gym, and reception on the ground floor, with residential accommodation and additional social space above. A 20-storey building of accommodation will front onto Yapton Street, where the site will be serviced from. Finally, a 27-storey student accommodation tower will be accessed via a reception for students on the corner of Yapton Street and Slindon Street.

Our proposal is for a cluster of three buildings, seamlessly connected internally but externally each facing a separate street which borders the site with a specific design. A 6-storey building will face Arundel Street, and house a new retail space, basketball court/gym, and reception on the ground floor, with residential accommodation and additional social space above. A 20-storey building of accommodation will front onto Yapton Street, where the site will be serviced from. Finally, a 27-storey student accommodation tower will be accessed via a reception for students on the corner of Yapton Street and Slindon Street.

The site would be home for 591 students and have a mix of accommodation to meet most students needs, including:

  • 146 “social-studio” apartments
  • 86 one-bed studio apartments
  • 46 two-bed studio apartments
  • 31 one-bed apartments
  • 21 five-bed apartments
  • 20 four-bed apartments
  • 17 three-bed apartments

In addition to the gym/basketball court, amenity space and accommodation, there will also be a cinema room and laundry for the students.

We have been working with the City Council for a number of months, going through several changes of the design. We have brought the height of two of the buildings down, altered the appearance of the three buildings to ensure they look distinctive and made sure that there will continue to be activity on the ground floor of the building facing both Slindon Street and Arundel Street.

The design responds to the key location, fronting three streets and occupying a corner position. Each street is treated differently, reflecting the neighbouring use and scale to create a unique solution for this important part of city. The concept of ‘3 streets, 3 buildings’ informs the scale, style and material of each element. High-quality brickwork detailing features throughout, lending a timeless quality in tune with the Portsmouth’s architectural heritage. We have not yet decided on the materials for the three buildings, and are asking for your views on this. The final materials will be defined before submitting the application and will be influenced by our discussions with the City Council, Design Review Panel and public consultation.

The Arundel Street building ties into its surroundings by providing large, glazed openings at ground floor, contributing to the vitality of the pedestrian street. On Yapton Street, the building grows in response to the emerging scale, window openings increase to take advantage of southerly aspect. At the upper levels, social spaces occupy corner positions to maximise city views, with external terraces contributing further to resident’s health and wellbeing. Finally, on Slindon Street the corner position is acknowledged with the tallest of the three buildings, generously set back to enhance both public realm and visual connection to the train station.

You can download a full set of the plans for the building here.

Our Accommodation

We provide high-quality homes for students across the country, creating spaces where they want to live and work.

We also provide our students with high quality facilities so that they can truly feel at home, relax with their friends, work on their studies and be safe. You can see here the typical design and layout of the rooms we provide, along with some of those facilities. We also really care about our students and the experience they have and look after them through management, support and events.

We also provide our students with high quality facilities so that they can truly feel at home, relax with their friends, work on their studies and be safe. You can see here the typical design and layout of the rooms we provide, along with some of those facilities. We also really care about our students and the experience they have and look after them through management, support and events.

Timeline & Next Steps

Following the consultation, we will review the feedback and make any appropriate alterations to the scheme, before submitting our plans to Portsmouth City Council.

Late 2020

Submission of Plans

Spring 2021

Determination by Portsmouth City Council

Summer 2021

Begin Construction

September 2024

Construction complete and students move in

Late 2020

Submission of Plans

Spring 2021

Determination by Portsmouth City Council

Summer 2021

Begin Construction

September 2024

Construction complete and students move in

Have your say

We’re really keen to know what you think about our plans.

You can use the feedback form below to give us your feedback and register for updates. Our consultation is open for your feedback until Sunday 29th November (midnight).

All of the information you provide will be reviewed, taken on board and where appropriate alterations may be made to our plans. The feedback and our response to it will be summarised and submitted as part of the Planning Application.

Our consultation period has now closed, but please do feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions about our proposals.

Contact

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