I was pleased to be able to present the awards for the 5th year
for the Partnership for South Hampshire Quality Place awards. This year the focus was on Placemaking. Iconic buildings may be of interest to many, but delivering a project such as the Hotwalls in Portsmouth which both brings an at risk historic building into sustainable use and transforms an area making a real difference to people and businesses in the vicinity is more than just being of interest. It is essential to the coherence and development of our communities . I would therefore like to congratulate all those involved in delivering the Hotwalls.
The project was catalysed by a grant from the Partnership for South Hampshire capital programme. It also very good to see how the studios are being used by professional artists and makers and early stage creative businesses in ways that add to the vibrancy of the economy. The project was the winner in the People’s Choice category as a reult of a public vote.
In the picture I am presenting the certificate to Deniz Beck, the architect who designed the creative space while she was an employee of PLC Architects in Portsmouth and Councillor Steve Pitt, Deputy Leader of Portsmouth City Council.