The John Pounds Community Trust has appointed Pritchard Architecture to develop an exciting project to breathe new life and purpose into this much loved building set in the heart of Portsea, for local residents and visitors alike, with a 'Wellbeing & Making' agenda. The project will see the building developed over a number of phases to form a unique meeting and conference space, shop, makers spaces and forge.

The site was first developed in the early eighteenth century when Queen Anne authorised the building of houses for Dockyard personnel on Portsmouth Common to ease the pressure within the walled city of Portsmouth caused by the increase in population at the dockyard. No’s 49 to 52 Bishop Street, a terrace of two storey houses were built between 1706 and 1717. In 1787, No.52 was acquired by John Jones, a blacksmith, who went into partnership with William Treadgold and was trading under the name of Treadgold & Company in 1809. The business expanded rapidly in the nineteenth century. Treadgold’s ceased trading in 1988 and was sold to Hampshire County Council. It was run as a museum from 1995 to 2003 when it was closed due to safety and maintenance. The building has now been empty for fifteen years and is in a deteriorating condition.

Ownership of the building was transferred to the John Pounds Trust in 2013 and their intention is to develop Treadgold as an extension of the John Pounds Centre currently located in 23 Queen Street which caters for the health and well-being of the Portsea community. The first phase of the project was completed in 2016 and saw the development of a community garden that provides outdoor therapeutic exercise, healthy living activities and nutritional learning in the courtyard area. The next phase of restoring the Treadgold site into a welcoming community facility is to conserve and revive part of the building to create a multi-use activities and meeting space, reception, accessible WC facilities, and mezzanine meeting/training room, in response to ongoing demand for flexible gathering spaces.

The restored building will provide new revenue streams enabling the Trust to scale up its social programme for disadvantaged groups with further community gathering opportunities, additional wellbeing activities, learning and employability training, and increased workspace for small enterprises which complement existing services delivered from the John Pounds Centre as well as creating a more flexible and accommodating conferencing offer between the buildings.

Project Details

  • Client: John Pounds Trust

  • Designation: Grade II Listed Building

  • Status: Due for Completion 2019

  • Funder: Phase 1- Power to Change and Community Infrastructure Levy

  • Contract Value: Phase 1 - £500,000

  • QS: Michael Edwards Consultants Limited

  • Structural Engineer: Marbas

Clare Dawe