Portsmouth Hotwalls for £1.75m funding

Portsmouth has been awarded £1.75million in funding to transform the historic and largely-disused Hotwalls arches in Old Portsmouth into a series of creative studios dubbed the ‘ARTches’, following a successful bid from the government’s Coastal Communities Fund.

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Portsmouth hotwalls transformed with artist studios

Seafront arches in Old Portsmouth have been given £1.75million to transform the historic Hotwalls into creative studios called the 'ARTches'.

The money injection is part of the government's Coastal Communities Fund.

The round tower in Portsmouth will be used for exhibitions Credit: Portsmouth team local

Within the arches, there are plans to built 13 artist studios with the possibility of a brasserie.

23 jobs will also be created directly thanks to this project, with 82 being indirectly created.

Amidst the construction, there is plans to set up an apprenticeship scheme through the ARTches project.

The council have expressed their interest in developing an apprenticeship scheme through the ARTches project Credit: Portsmouth team local

“It is incredible news for the city that we can make a cultural hub in Old Portsmouth a reality.

“The funding is not only boost for our creative industries, but also secures the future for the local historic monuments which will be converted. They are vulnerable to damage and need ongoing investment.

“We are delighted this project has had so much support from residents, creative organisations and English Heritage. It was also the most popular suggestion in the seafront masterplan."

– Councillor Linda Symes, Portsmouth City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture
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