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Work to transform old military barracks into art studios starts soon

The Hotwalls Studios will open next year thanks to £1.75m of government coastal communities funding, £40k PUSH and £100K from the council. Historic England has been closely involved the project, which will secure the future of this historic monument in a creative way.

The build means temporary diversions along the around the site, however visitors will still be able reachthe beach in front of the arches.

There are plans to work witha not-for-profit company to run the studios, and an external company to run thebrasserie and café.

Cllr Linda Symes, Portsmouth City Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said:

"I can't wait to see the development finished and creative businesses filling the13 studios. We will continue to update residents on the redevelopment's progression and will hopefully have exciting news about the brasserie and café offer soon. Disruption will be kept to a minimum during the development, and the outcome will definitely be worth it as the studios will provide jobs and help prolong the life of the monument."

– Portsmouth City Council

The project will create new jobs and opportunities for new business start ups.

Dr Bev Lucas, Portsmouth City Council's project manager said:

"This is a really exciting development for the city, however we understand the importance of the area and the sensitivities of carrying out work. The contractors have a wealth of experience working on historic buildings and are very conscious of the surrounding residential environment surrounding the site."

– Portsmouth City Council

Site working will be Monday to Friday from 8am - 6pm, with deliveries taketaking place between 9am-4pm. The work will involve sensitively converting the arches into creative studios, refurbishing the public toilets and improving the public space with new surfacing and public seating.

For information about the project visit and search 'hotwalls studios'


Last Type 42 Destroyer to leave Portsmouth

HMS Gloucester will depart for the final time later Credit: ITV Meridian

Forty years of tradition comes to an end today, when the last Type 42 Destroyer leaves Portsmouth.

Crowds will line the waterfront as HMS Gloucester departs for the final time.

The ships, known as the greyhounds of the ocean, have seen active service around the world from counter drugs operations to humanitarian operations.

They've been replaced by new high-tech Type 45s.

Appeal for help to find missing man

Paul Brown was last seen on Wednesday evening Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police are appealing for help to find missing Portsmouth man, Paul Brown.

Paul, who's 60, was last seen at about 6.30am in Estella Road in Portsmouth on Wednesday.

He's described as wearing a green zip up jacket and camouflage trousers.

If you have seen Paul or have any information about his whereabouts please can you contact us on 101 quoting ref 44150325081.

One million visitors to Mary Rose Museum

Mary Rose museum has welcomed its one millionth visitor Credit: ITV Meridian

It's only been open for two years but the Mary Rose Museum at Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard has welcomed its one millionth visitor.

The £35m building has re-united Henry VIII's flagship with thousands of the artefacts found when the 16th Century hull was raised from the Solent 31 years ago.

£35m building has re-united Henry VIII's flagship with thousands of artefacts Credit: ITV Meridian

Portsmouth man jailed for suitcase full of cannabis

Suitcase contained 11 bags of herbal cannabis Credit: National Crime Agency

A 20-year-old man from Portsmouth has been jailed for more than three-and-a-half years for trying to smuggle a suitcase full of cannabis into the UK through Edinburgh Airport.

Henry Alden, from St Andrews Road in Portsmouth was stopped by Border Force officers as he stepped off a flight from Barcelona on 19 May 2015. He was carrying a small plastic bag containing a change of clothes and a phone charger, but when officers searched his checked in luggage they found it contained nothing but eleven bags of herbal cannabis.

The total weight of the drugs was around 12 kilos which would have had a likely potential street value of around £110,000.


Portsmouth to welcome USA's World Cup rugby team

The USA Rugby tour bus arrives at Heathrow Credit: Scott Heavey/Getty Images for England Rugby 2015

The USA rugby team is to attend an official Rugby World Cup 2015 welcoming ceremony at the Portsmouth Naval Base today. The team arrived in the UK at Heathrow Airport on 12th September.

A choir from the Queen Elizabeth's School in Wimborne will sing 'World in Union' as part of the welcoming celebration.

Rugby players from the USA's World Cup team at Heathrow Airport
A lot of bags - as team USA prepare to board their tour bus

Samurai sword stolen during burglary

This black samurai sword was taken from the Sea View Road area Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police officers in Portsmouth are appealing for witnesses after a samurai sword was stolen during a burglary in Portsmouth.

It happened between August 2nd and August 11th in the Sea View Road area.

The sword is black and has specific markings with a unique tag. It is approximately 3ft long and black and gold in colour.

If you saw any suspicious activity in this area on the days leading up to August 2 and before August 11 or if you have been offered a sword like this for sale then please get in contact.

Concern for man with dementia missing from Portsmouth

Police say they are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a man with dementia, missing from Hampshire.

James David Barrett, 66, known as David, was last seen on Friday 7 August.

James David Barrett

He is also diabetic and takes medication daily, which he does not have with him.

Police are searching the Portsmouth area and Portsdown Hill, which he is known to visit.

He is described as white, slim, with short, grey hair.

Police are asking anyone with information to call 101, quoting the number 44150273357.

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