The John Pounds Centre, Portsmouth

John Pounds Centre Main EntrancePhoto: Joe Lowe
John Pounds Centre Main Entrance
Photo: Joe Lowe



  • From the Council agreeing to support coordination work in the area in 1996 it took ten years for the Centre to be finished and opened in 2006
  • The John Pounds Medical Centre was opened in 2003 and new private and affordable housing will be completed in 2008


The libraryPhoto: Joe Lowe
The library
Photo: Joe Lowe
  • In 1997, the Council supported a programme of arts events in the area, culminating in a neighbourhood celebration, to help bring residents and agencies together
  • In 1999 the Portsea Action Group 99 was formed by residents to oversee the implementation of their Action Plan
  • A successful grant application was made by the council in 2001 to the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund (NRF) to build the new Medical Centre which would unite improved primary care facilities under one roof. Residents had prioritised this part of the redevelopment
  • Further funding was obtained for the community facilities from the Single Regeneration Budget Round 5, Active England Lottery Fund and the council, including money from land sales for housing. The building, started in 2004 was opened in 2006
  • A management trust, John Pounds Community Trust Ltd, was set up to run the centre with its own paid staff
  • New private and affordable housing was started in 2006 and is due for completion in 2008


  • Arts and cultural activities have been used in a wide range of ways to develop the processes of engagement and in the ways the complex has been developed physically
  • In 2006, the Centre was the overall winner of the South East Regional Planning Awards; won the regional RTPI Planning Awards in the category of Community Planning; and won the category of Community Benefit in the RICS Awards South East



Hazel Hine Project Leader for the Development
Community Housing Service, Portsmouth City Council

Tel: 023 92834729

Matt Mason John Pounds Centre Manager:

Tel: 023 92892010

John Thurston Chair of John Pounds Community Trust

Tel: 023 92892010