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Bam-designed community building over dual carriageway gets go ahead

Bam Design has secured full planning permission for a “landmark” £10.4M mixed use community building that spans a dual carriageway in Portsmouth.

The Hub building is part of Portsmouth City Council’s plan for a major regeneration of the inner city Somerstown area. The building was designed to straddle the highway to give equal access to communities on both sides of the road and to avoid building on open space, according to Bam.

Bam Design was appointed as concept architect and environmental engineer and is currently developing the scheme. AKS Ward is structural engineer on the project and Grontmij is the landscape architect. Bam Design director Steve Loughe said the project has been “extremely challenging” so far. Construction is due to commence next summer with completion by the end of 2013. Bam Construction is in discussion with the Council about the construction of the project.

“We have spent a great deal of time consulting with the local community and user groups to gain their trust and support,” said Loughe. “The brief was to provide a landmark building.” The building will replace outdated existing facilities including a medical practice, a local housing office, a community centre and a youth club.

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