Pritchard Architecture, Portsmouth, 2020



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Treadgolds is a Grade II listed building found at the top of Bishop Street in Portsea, providing a brief glimpse of a virtually unchanged Victorian townscape

Widely acclaimed as a kind of Victorian time capsule, the building retains a Dickensian feel with its dark shop full of nuts & bolts, fascinating tools & fittings, machinery, and much of the stock used throughout the period. The site was purchased by the John Pounds Community Trust in 2013 to develop as an extension of the John Pounds Centre, currently located one street away on Queens Street.

The Trust seeks to provide a ‘Gateway for a Happier and Healthier Life for All’ through inclusive activities and services for the working-class people of Portsea, with their traditional links to the Naval Dockyard. The first phase of the project was completed in 2016 and saw the development of a community garden that provides outdoor therapeutic exercise, healthy living activities and nutritional learning in the courtyard area.

The second phase, completed in summer 2020, has seen the warehouse spaces con-served and sensitively remodelled to create a Health & Wellbeing centre providing: A multi-use activities and meeting space, reception, accessible WC facilities, and mezzanine training room. The result is a beautiful light touch architecture that retains the historic fabric and essential character of the building while marking out the interventions as being new and of their own time by creating a new layer of history.

The restored building will provide new revenue streams enabling the Trust to scale up its social programme for disadvantaged groups with further community gathering opportunities, additional wellbeing activities, learning and employability training, and increased workspace for small enterprises which complement existing services delivered from the John Pounds Centre as well as creating a more flexible and accommodating conferencing offer between the buildings.

Annual CO2 emissions data was not provided.


  • Begun: Jan 2020
  • Completed: Aug 2020
  • Sector: Civic
  • Total cost: £273,800
  • Funding: National Lottery Community Fund - Power To Change Funding
  • Tender date: Sep 2019
  • Procurement: JCT Intermediate Contract with Contractors Design 2016
  • Address: Treadgolds, 1 Bishop St, Portsea, Portsmouth, PO1, United Kingdom

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