About Us

The Project Office is a unique form of architectural practice set up within the School of Architecture at the University of Portsmouth.  We are a small core team of Architects and Designers who provide traditional consultancy, innovative design approaches, knowledge transfer and research opportunities for a range of clients, University staff and students.

Through our position in a University we are able to draw on the talent of and expertise of full-time and part-time staff members, undergraduate and postgraduate students within the School of Architecture and the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries.  This enables us to give our clients a unique design experience which connects directly to the next generation of designers; and gives students who work with us the chance to experience ‘real’ projects in preparation for practice.

What We Do

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  • Renovation
  • Sustainable
  • Education
  • Heritage
  • New Build
  • Charrette
  • Competition
  • Charity
  • Workshop
  • Commercial
  • Council
  • Project Description

    This year, the Project Office embarked on an exciting new project focusing on the creation of inspiring and creative ideas to revitalise the existing Waterside Pool on the Isle of Wight. 30 students from Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses, including Year Out and Erasmus Exchange students, took part in the project which created an interesting dynamic.

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  • Project Description

    This year, the Summer Interns Programme was led and coordinated by over 30 Brazilian undergraduate students from the ‘Science Without Borders’ initiative who had been studying Architecture, Interior Architecture and Design and Graphic Design at the University of Portsmouth for the past academic year.

    Client

    • Canon Nick Ralph and Leigh Rampton (Portsmouth Diocese), Father Paul Armstead, St James Church (Milton), Father Ian Newton, St Michael and All Angels (Paulsgrove), Reverend Andy Wilson, Christ Church (Portsdown)
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  • Project Description

    The aim of this 4-day ‘Field Trip’ was to look at the development and extension of City Life Church and meet its growing demand for space and need for modernisation. A group of around 40 BA1 Architecture students faced the challenge of working on a ‘live’ project with a ‘real’ client for first time.

    Client

    • Pastor Dan Harman, City Life Church, Portsmouth
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  • Project Description

    Around 60 Architecture and Interior Design students took part in this week-long event, making up ten teams of Undergraduate and Postgraduate students. The project included a tour of Wymering Manor followed by an intensive design workshop and a professional presentation to the client and invited guests.

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    • Andy Mason, Wymering Trust
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  • Project Description

    The focus of this five-day event was the creation of a master plan for the development of the capital assets of the Department of Sport and Recreation. Particular emphasis was placed on proposing design ideas for a new build sports facility on the existing Ravelin Park University car park to the north of Museum Road.

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  • Project Description

    Working in collaboration with Depth Limited, an architectural practice located on the Isle of Wight, the Project Office employed 12 final year postgraduate architecture students to formulate a series of designs for this project in a one-day charrette event with the aim to renovate the existing site “Seahaven” at Seagrove Bay, Isle of Wight.

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    • Mr and Mrs Paul Hayes
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  • Project Description

    In November 2012, the Project Office were asked to hold a one-day design charrette for the re-design of the Diocesan Offices in Portsmouth. The event was organised as a competition with each team of students having to present their designs in front of the Diocesan staff, representatives from the School of Architecture and external consultants.

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    • Portsmouth Diocese
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  • Project Description

    This event represents another step in the collaboration between the Project Office and a local Portsmouth youth charity, Motiv8. The ambition of the project was to assist with the creation of architectural and interior designs for a new Motiv8 ‘Gateway’ and propose inspiring ideas to revitalise the existing Omega Centre building currently occupied by Motiv8.

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  • Project Description

    The Motiv8 Gateway one day design workshop is an example of how the University of Portsmouth works with charitable organisations across the region, utilising the skills and expertise of staff and students from the School of Architecture and the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries.

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  • Project Description

    Three ‘Design Teams’, each containing four students, worked on this project and assisted Andy Grays, CEO at Portsmouth Cultural Trust, by redeeming and reinvigorating a number of existing interior spaces within the Portsmouth Guildhall. The Design Charrette presented the client with a range of creative outline ideas and proposals which have been very well received.

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  • Project Description

    The Project Office worked with Lynda Dine and her team at Gosport Borough Council to create a ‘Design and Style Guide’ that can be used to strategically change and adapt the existing Gosport High Street. In addition, this project involved the production of sketch design proposals that can be used by staff at GBC.

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    • Lynda Dine, Gosport Borough Council
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  • Project Description

    The Project Office worked with the University Head of Catering Services, Mr Nick Leach, and his team on the creation of a new coffee shop on the second floor of the existing Eldon Building South Wing. Particular emphasis was placed on proposing inspiring design ideas to revitalise this part of the Eldon campus.

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    In May 2012 the Project Office were commissioned by the University of Portsmouth Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries to produce design ideas and a feasibility study for a new Art Shop within the existing Eldon Building. The project was designed and coordinated by Roberto Braglia.

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  • Project Description

    Postgraduate Architecture and Interior Design students worked together during this project in order to generate ideas and designs and assist Mr and Mrs Collett with the creation of a new build home of outstanding quality using sustainable materials and the latest technologies. The whole event was filmed and shown on student-led CCi TV.

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  • Project Description

    Twelve Architecture and Interior Design students from the School of Architecture took part in an intensive design charrette with the aim to assist the Client by proposing inspiring and creative ideas to refurbish the existing Mead End Public House into a building that can be used by the local community of Denmead.

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  • Project Description

    The Project Office held a design charrette where Architecture and Interior Design students worked with the University Head of Catering Services, Mr Leach, and his team, to generate inspiring visions for the creation of a new boutique hotel within Burnaby Terrace building and the extension of the existing ‘Hub’ Restaurant in the Dennis Sciama building.

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  • Project Description

    During this event, first year Architecture and Interior Architecture and Design students worked with The Beneficial Foundation, in assisting with the revitalising and reinvigoration of the Charity and its home in Fratton. The students were asked to produce ideas and designs for income generation, social enterprise, branding and the holistic redesign of the charity’s building.

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  • Project Description

    Architecture and Interior Design students involved in this project were tasked to undertake a full measured survey of Bastion 6 producing existing plans, elevations and sections which could be used by the client in the design development of the existing building.

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    • Portsmouth City Council
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  • Project Description

    In January 2012 the University of Portsmouth Department for Curriculum and Quality Enhancement commissioned the Project Office to produce an architectural feasibility report to look at the refurbishment of the ground floor of the existing Nuffield Centre.

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The Team

  • Martin Andrews

    Project Coordinator

    Martin has always had a passion for doing things differently, whether in connection with education, teaching, architectural practice or sport. Innovation and creativity underpins all of the work that he undertakes, most recently within the University of Portsmouth Project Office.

  • Emma Dalton

    Project Architect, Student Mentor

    Working for the Project Office since 2009 as a project architect and student mentor, Emma provides general architectural services with a particular focus on project delivery, contract administration and overseeing works on site.

  • Lynne Mesher

    Coordinator

    Lynne has been bringing ‘live’ projects to the interior design curriculum since 2004 and worked with the Project Office since its fruition.

  • Plamena Gamzova

    Senior Practice Administrator

    Plamena is involved with coordination of project communications, preparation of project and marketing related materials, assisting workshop activities, supporting education and Outreach initiatives, photographing and recording events and looking after the Project Office website, blog and social media.

Our Clients

  • These charrettes are very important in order to improve our skills during university. Rather than having to work with imaginary clients, they actually give us the chance to work with real clients, which is always a great experience and a great chance for us. It also … makes us more employable.

    • Diane Darmina

      Graduate, BA (Hons) Architecture

      University of Portsmouth

  • …We built up an excellent rapport and understanding with the team from the Project Office. They immediately understood what we were trying to achieve and provided us with the most cost effective and creative solution to bringing our ideas to life, intrinsically utilising the skills of our … students whilst creating a clear client led ethos.

    • Paul Tilley

      Head of Sport and Recreation

      University of Portsmouth

  • The students … captured the essence of what was required and added twists … that really brought the space to life. Professional throughout … and the mix of architects and interior designers brought an interesting added element. The leadership from the … staff was excellent and gave the students advice without impacting on the students’ own creative process.

    • Steve Nash

      Business Manager

      Motiv8

News

  • Can Lis, Mallorca

    Jørn Utzon Can Lis Year 4 Field Trip 2017

    The University of Portsmouth School of Architecture is offering existing Year 4 students the opportunity of a lifetime…to study, at first hand, Jørn Utzon’s family home Can Lis on the Island of Mallorca.

    April 10, 2017

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