Hilsea Bus Depot

Location Portsmouth, Hampshire
Client First Wessex Housing Group
Completed -

The site sits at the very head of Portsmouth's gateway and constitutes a Georgian period fortification, reconstructed in 1861-62, and now a local nature reserve.

The design team considered the wildly diverse nature of the site in formulating the scheme - ramparts, brick constructions, earth and chalk banks, and a 20 metre wide moat.

The fortification is protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and, together with issues concerning land contamination, flood risk and the local ecological value of the site, a detailed examination of the impact of development was undertaken.

The resultant study and design process yielded 136 flats with associated on site parking.