Reports discussing strategic spatial planning, architecture and design issues across Portsmouth and the Solent region.
SOUTHSEA COMMON'S SEA DEFENCES
THE CONAN CANAL
West of the island viewed from the Solent
East of the island viewed from the Solent
The water, islands and harbours define the geography, history, transportation and habitation in this unique south coast area
Portsmouth is, like Venice, a distinctly unique island city, founded on an imperial naval and mercantile history.
Portsmouth has three dislocated and dissipated central districts that contribute towards a lack of cohesive urban identity.
It is being proposed that the city be connected together to give a cohesive identity and enhanced public amenity with a rich mix of new uses .
Aerial view of Portsmouth, Langstone & Chichester harbours, where the extensive shore line (red) is highly vulnerable to climate induced rises in sea level, requiring construction of lengthy coastal defences.
Across the entrances of Chichester and Langstone harbours modern responsive tidal barrages might more effectively reduce flooding vulnerability and the significant length of coastal defences required which might better preserve existing populations and habitats.
This urban realm proposal aims to lessen the gradient of social deprivation within Portsmouth by forming greater social connections and opportunities along the former canal artery, beginning at its malnourished commercial centre out to its thriving coastal edge.
Strategic breakpoints along the linear route have been identified and use existing derelict, abandoned or lifeless sites as an opportunity for redevelopment. It is a legacy to the former canal that ran through the city, the route also celebrates key historic characters of Portsmouth such as Arthur Conan Doyle.
The rail study suggests significant new improvements in connectivity, speeds and capacity might contribute wide regional benefits.
Strategic improvements to local rail and public transport, in conjunction with growth in water transport offers relief to the growing congestion on the arterial roads.
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