Planning success for former prison

Portsmouth City Council has given Planning and Listed Building Consent for the repair and redevelopment of the former HMP Kingston in Portsmouth.

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBStudios) will now commence the post-planning stages for the 230-unit residential scheme – a combination of re-modelled existing prison cell wings, chapel and infirmary, and new-build apartment buildings, including a landscape masterplan by Grant Associates. The proposals also include the retention of the listed walls and gatehouse, which will feature a café.

Richard Collis, Partner at FCBStudios said:

“With a few notable exceptions for hotels and museums, no-one has attempted residential conversion of former prison buildings at this scale. We are confident however that the scheme, along with our client’s experience in developing former ‘institutional’ sites will acknowledge the important cultural and social history, and provide much needed residential accommodation within Portsmouth.”

Richard Winsborough, Associate Director (Planning) at City & Country, commented:

“Restoring these buildings was of paramount importance to us when we purchased Kingston Prison and we are pleased that members at Portsmouth City Council recognised the need of delivering a new future for the redundant site. As well as providing fantastic, characterful new homes, the development will open up the prison to the wider community and enable the enjoyment of these magnificent buildings for years to come.”

FCBStudios are also working with City & Country on the redevelopment of the former HMP Gloucester, one of four prison sites acquired from the Ministry of Justice in 2014, following the Government’s Spending Review and closure of a number of Victorian prison buildings.

The first phase will involve the redevelopment of the key existing grade-II listed buildings, with an expected start on site date early in the new year.