A £130 million scheme to regenerate Tipner, Portsmouth, is making great progress.
The area’s regeneration will bring major benefits to the city, most notably, freeing up the road network; encouraging sustainable transport; cleaning up former industrial land; creating new open spaces, parks, waterside walks and much needed homes and jobs.
The overall scheme will see Portsmouth City Council build a new motorway junction and park and ride as well as more than 500 homes being built on land owned by the Tipner Regeneration Company, the work currently taking place is being undertaken by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
As part of HCA’s project, 80 affordable homes will be constructed on the former PD Fuels site, along with up to 613 sq m of commercial floorspace, associated parking and landscaping works. Onsite work is being conducted by the Tamdown Group, who is responsible for environmental monitoring and ensuring that the work has minimal impact on neighbouring residents.
Work began on Phase One of the project in June 2012. As the site was heavily contaminated as a result of activities which have historically taken place on the land, HCA agreed a £3 million ‘clean up’ project, designed to clear four plots for redevelopment.
Portsmouth County Council Strategic Director for Regeneration, Kathy Wadsworth, said:
“The dream of transforming Tipner is now becoming a reality. This work is just part of the overall plan to regenerate Tipner, starting on the eastern side of the motorway. The regeneration of Tipner is vital for the future prosperity of the city. The Council’s plans include a new motorway junction and park-and-ride, which will open up the whole area for development.
“We worked with the HCA and the other major landowner, the Tipner Regeneration Company, to make sure the necessary clean-up and clearance work was done with the minimum of disruption to residents.”
Commenting on the importance of Phase One of the Tipner regeneration scheme, HCA Head of Area, Kevin Bourner, said:
“This work signals a significant step towards creating a better Tipner that will benefit the whole of Portsmouth by providing new homes, employment opportunities and economic growth for the area. Our contractors are working closely with us and the local community to ensure that the project progresses smoothly and local people begin to see the benefits of this vital project.”
The Tamdown Group’s Technical Manager, Steve Jackson, added:
“We are working closely with the HCA, its consultants and Portsmouth City Council in ensuring the project is delivered successfully and to ensure the impact on local residents is kept to an absolute minimum during the duration of the work.”
Current plans for the construction of the new dwellings and retail space focus on the land in the east of Tipner but form part of a much larger scheme including the west of the area. Once complete this could deliver up to 1,600 homes and 1,500 new jobs.
Upcoming stages of the project will include the widening of Twyford Avenue for access to the new homes and a new sea wall is being constructed to prevent flooding and aid drainage. Car parking will also be provided, to reduce parking on nearby streets, whilst ample cycle parking will be included, along with enhanced pedestrian and public transport facilities.
Throughout the delivery of the scheme, local residents living close to the site are being kept informed of the continuing work and all disruption is being kept to a minimum. To facilitate the work, Portsmouth City Council, HCA and Tamdown are holding a number of informative events to provide a platform where residents can share their views on the development.
For more information about the regeneration scheme currently taking place in Tipner, please visit: www.portsmouth.gov.uk/living/8781.html.