Hilsea Bus Depot is a modern rejuvenation project from the housing association First Wessex. The development is a striking redevelopment comprising 136 flats, outdoor communal gardens, 70 car parking spaces and a medical facility – as well as a stand-alone one storey pharmacy building. The previous bus depot had become something of an eye-sore in the modernised Portsmouth area and this was a fantastic opportunity to modernise the area.
The development offers stunning views over the Hilsea Lines. These Victorian defences were built in the 1860’s to protect Portsmouth from sea invasion.
First Wessex wanted to create an affordable housing scheme in an idyllic location. The architects Kenn Scadden demolished the existing site in order to create this modern Art Deco wonder.
The main contractor Mansell used Vitrabond to recreate the art deco style of the 20’s and 30’s using modern, long lasting materials. Vitrabond was the obvious choice for creating this classic look and we used Vitrabond white and two special RAL colours to create this modern classic.
The sustainable project brought some much needed affordable housing to the area and has been a rousing success with residents. The on-site amenities and the fantastic location make this one of our favourite regeneration projects.