University of Portsmouth £100m landmark
Thursday December 16th, 2021
The University of Portsmouth has gained planning for its £100m Victoria Park major teaching building.
The 12-storey Victoria Park Academic Building project is being tendered on a single-stage design and build basis with the University hoping to make an award in February to start work in Spring 2022.
This building will be a progressive sustainable building, ambitious to be net carbon ready and achieve a top rating of ‘Outstanding’ from BREEAM UK, the world’s leading sustainability assessment for buildings. Designed to be environmentally responsible, it will be a smart energy building that will maximise natural light by enabling daylight deep into its heart. Photovoltaic panels cover the angled roof, producing renewable power and a high performing façade will manage heat and light.
The design also proposes plans for improved connectivity into the park and the city. This includes opening up a railway tunnel to create a new public gateway from the Guildhall. The ground floor opens up into the park with a welcoming space to gather for events. The University of Portsmouth is committed to enhancing the local community through its services, estate, and staff and student collaboration. This new building will be a major investment by the University to support this commitment.
Once complete in 2024, the building will house the Faculty of Business & Law and part of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences. Accommodation will also include a ground floor café and event space and restaurant on the top floor with roof terrace.