Published on Saturday, 27th August 2016

Recently I got to see inside the new 836-room student tower near Portsmouth and Southsea station that has just been completed. While the building is undeniably dominant from the outside, inside the accommodation is to a good standard and the views from the 19th floor common room are stunning.

 

Developments like this are good for the city. The site was previously a council-owned car park and the receipt from disposal more than funded the local contribution to recent primary school building programme. It has also freed up space in rented housing and should also help support city centre retailing by adding hundreds more potential customers to the area.

 

This site and nearby Chaucer House, which the council has also sold, have brought in about £10m. This has allowed it to continue with an ambitious capital programme that has included a new bus station at the Hard, a large number of new school places and that will potentially include a new road in the city centre, which if it goes ahead may finally make development at the Northern Quarter site a reality.

 

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