This series of reports discuss strategic planning, architecture and design in Portsmouth and the Solent region.
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, habitation and transportation 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 dissipated and poorly related central districts that contribute towards the lack of cohesive urban identity.
To give a cohesive identity, enhanced public amenity, with a rich mix of new uses it is proposed that the city's centre be woven together.
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
Sea flooding vulnerability and the length of coastal defences required, might be reduced with responsive modern tidal barrages across the entrances of Chichester and Langstone harbours. This might also better preserve existing 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,.
Rail studies suggest significant new improvements in regional connectivity, speeds and capacity might contribute wide benefits.
Strategic improvements to local rail and public transport, in conjunction with growth in water transport, can offer relief to the growing congestion on the arterial roads.
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