Britain’s most hated landmark to go

Portsmouth shopping centre to be replaced with ambitious landscapes

Ambitious landscapes are to replace one of Britain’s most hated landmarks, Portsmouth’s Tricorn shopping centre following the decision to smash it down after years of controversy. A new scheme with a public square and streamlined pedestrian routes will go where the concrete shopping centre stands for not much longer. Demolition is due to start next week and a master-plan by Chapman Taylor Architects will wrap landscape around 200 flats, shops and leisure areas. “The trouble with the Tricorn is it’s inward looking and there’s no reference to the surrounding urban grain,” said director Adrian Griffiths. “It does not allow other areas to be connected.” His master-plan takes in a larger area than the Tricorn site and encompasses nearby land owned by the Ministry of Defence. “There will be room for landmark buildings, streetscapes, public realm.” However Griffths said: “The Tricorn is a very strong building design, which I fully support and if it had integrated better into the pedestrian flow we would have looked to see if we could make it work.”

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