Wellington Street social housing completed

Wellington Street social housing completed

Jan 02, 2012

This Watkins Gray International designed scheme includes the first council houses to be built in Portsmouth for over ten years. The £2.5 million first phase of the regeneration of Somerstown was completed in the Spring of 2013 and is an attempt to re-energise the area.

The new housing on Winston Churchill Avenue is the latest in a series of projects WGI has undertaken in Portsmouth. The firm was also involved in the BSF, which unfortunately was cancelled, and completed a large residential project for the Ministry of Defence at HMS Nelson.

Alistair Walker, partner at WGI, said: "We are pleased to be involved in bringing some of the first new, council funded, social housing to the city for some considerable time and we would very much like to be further involved as the whole regeneration programme gathers pace."

The Somerstown's area of the city is seen by Portsmouth City Council as a strategically important site due to its proximity to the city centre, with shopping areas, centres of employment, education and other amenities, as well as a strong local community. The council see the regeneration of the area as a way to re-energise it, making it a more desirable and attractive place in which to live, and, in doing so, a neighbourhood in which the local community can be justifiably proud.