NORTHERN QUARTER DEVELOPMENT
Northern Quarter is a one million sq-ft retail led, mixed use development, that will regenerate and transform Portsmouth city centre.
Northern Quarter will provide over 90 new outlets, cafes and restaurants, 200 residential apartments, a hotel, together with 2,300 car parking spaces, bus and taxi facilities, and direct access from the city's realigned main access road.
The development will create three new pedestrianised open shopping streets, each with a differing character and retail mix and linked by new public spaces. Northern Quarter is fully integrated to the city centre, building upon the existing streets and with direct access to Cascades shopping centre.
Portsmouth City Council are working in partnership with development partner Centros to achieve the comprehensive redevelopment of this site.
Planning permission was granted for a scheme in 2005, this scheme was not implemented. However, Centros has been working with the council to redesign the scheme. The City Centre Masterplan sets out the aspirations for the site and the council are continuing to work with Centros on the revised scheme.
A planning application for this is expected in early 2014, for the latest information visit Centros' Northern Quarter webpage.
The development employs a mix of uses as follows, retail circa 900,000 sq ft gross internal, leisure 20,000 sq ft, residential 200 residential units (25% affordable), Hotel A 4* 150 bed hotel, parking 2,300 spaces.
Two main public spaces will be created. The first is Church Square, adjacent to St Agatha's Church and Marks & Spencer. The second will lie to the north of the scheme, containing a new hotel and providing an arrival point when Northern Quarter is approached from the north via Andrew Bell Street.
The streets will be structured into two distinct zones with "footways" either side of the central carriageway. This provides a traditional shape to the streets, in spite of their predominantly pedestrian use. The division of the streets into two areas also aids pedestrian movement patterns by providing slow and fast track zones.