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Treadgolds, Portsmouth

Pritchard Architecture has given new life to spaces behind the Victorian shopfronts of an ironmonger as part of a community-led renewal

Treadgolds
Treadgolds Credit: Peter Langdown

Pritchard Architecture for John Pounds Community Trust
Contract value: £273,800
GIA: 238m²
Cost per m2: £1,150

Treadgolds is an ongoing tale of urban decline and resurrection, giving new life to spaces behind the Victorian shopfronts of an ironmonger that closed in 1988. The first phase of a step-by-step community-led renewal created a courtyard garden, and the second has seen the low-budget renovation of a warehouse to provide a hall for events.

The listed structure was a time capsule, with tools left in place. They have been preserved along with the character and texture of the restored historic fabric, with raw brick walls left uncleaned. Retention of original character is the project’s most significant achievement. Distinct interventions include robust timber-framed glazed screens looking into a disused workshop where it is hoped that the architect can continue to do so much with so little.

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    Treadgolds Credit: Peter Langdown
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    Treadgolds Credit: Peter Langdown
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    Treadgolds Credit: Peter Langdown
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    Treadgolds Credit: Peter Langdown
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