The design for developing the Guildhall memorial space, at the entrance to the city centre war memorial and Victoria Park, has been granted planning permission.
Over the next year the site will become an inviting reflective space that allows the Cenotaph to be more visible and prominent from further away, whilst also being a lovely place to sit and walk through to the park.
Proposals for the site of the former Drift bar were revealed to the public in March this year and included a walkway, trees and benches.
The Cenotaph is an important part of memorial events in the city and the work will be carried out in such a way that these events can still take place. The first phase of work will see the steps being put in place ahead of Remembrance Sunday. Work will then pause during this time.
Cllr Steve Pitt, Cabinet Member for Culture and City Development, said: "The new stone paving and flowerbeds with steps down to the Cenotaph will make this a welcoming and inviting space, well suited to remembrance events.
The design is also considerate to our elderly veterans with the inclusion of removable handrails that can be put in place when needed so that visitors can pay their respects on the day. I look forward to seeing construction start this month on this lovely new space in Portsmouth."