Portsmouth City Council's state of the art transport hub has just been named 'Best New Building' in the Portsmouth Society's Design Awards. The Hard Interchange was one of six local buildings to receive an award and, along with the Tennis Pavilion in Canoe Lake, came away as joint overall winner on the night.
Councillor Lynne Stagg, Portsmouth's Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, attended the award ceremony on Wednesday 24 October and said. "I am delighted to receive this award on behalf of Portsmouth City Council and our contractors AHR Group and Osborne. We believe the Hard Interchange acts as an impressive gateway to the city, and to receive such an award from the local people who use it is praise indeed.
The Hard is hugely important to Portsmouth as a transport interchange. It is a site where bus, train and ferry services come together and for many people it is the first thing they see when arriving in the city."
The new Hard Interchange opened to the public on 14 May 2017. The iconic terminal building includes a gift shop, a visitor information centre and refreshment facilities and offers fantastic views of some of Portsmouth's finest tourist attractions.
Public transport providers Stagecoach, FirstBus, National Express, Park & Ride and Mega Bus operate from the hub and between them facilitate over 600 bus and coach departures each day. A staggering 4million ferry passengers and 2million rail passengers travel through the interchange each year, and over 1.6million bus and coach passengers have benefited from the state of the art terminal.
The regeneration of the Hard was carried out by contractors Osborne and was funded by the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and Portsmouth City Council. Further plans to develop the waterfront and connect the existing 'Millennium Walkway' were announced in March 2018, when Transport Minister Jesse Norman MP officially opened the Interchange.