Portsmouth City Council: coding for city centre sites

This pilot case study sought to explore the process and outcomes of developing a design code for this city centre block. By engaging actively with the multiple landowners to raise design quality using a design code, the city council sought to create positive partnerships with developers. The key themes included introducing a design code to provide clarity and certainty in the development process which would be particularly useful in the context of multiple landowners on this site and enhancing the city centre’s public realm using a design code within a new public space strategy.




Scale: Site-specific

Context: City centre

Focus: To inject quality into the urban public realm and attract investment into a city centre (former Debenhams) site using a design code

Project team: Portsmouth City Council, Boyle + Summers

Region: South East