The event, held in conjunction with a number of local organisations, sought the public’s opinions on how South Parade Pier should be developed in the future.
The consultation was well attended, with over 300 members of the public present, many of whom expressed pleasure at being consulted and hoped that there would be more to come.
As well as members of the public, several local politicians attended, including; Penny Mordaunt MP (Conservative), Luke Stubbs (Deputy Leader, Portsmouth City Council), Sue Castillion (Labour candidate, Portsmouth South), and Flick Drummond (Tory candidate, Portsmouth South).
Professor Catherine Harper, Dean of CCI said “It was a fantastic turnout and a great example of civic engagement by University.”
Catherine Teeling, Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture, told us that, “The event formed part of the Masters students in Sustainable Architecture, Historic Building Conservation, Interior Design and Urban Design’s integrated project. It is essential in any regeneration project that engagement activities with the public form part of the consultative process. Effective engagement allows the public an opportunity to express their views and make representations in a genuine and transparent dialogue. The results of this engagement activity will be presented to the public at the end of May 2015.”
For April Battrick, 3rd year BA (Hons) Architecture student, the event was a great success.
“‘What a fantastic turnout for the Pier’s Public Engagement Event, it was such a unique experience to hear from the past and future users of the South Parade Pier and work alongside them as both a design student and a Portsmouth local. It is so inspiring that there are so many members of the community that are actively interested and concerned in ensuring the future of our beautiful promenade pier. The feedback we received has been greatly beneficial for my work towards my final major project and I look forward to another event working with the South Parade Trust and the public to see their response to the ongoing design process.”