Living Streets Portsmouth




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Initiative in Portsmouth to green our streets, encourage active travel, bring the local community together and support independent business.


  • What if we lived in a city with a little less pollution and a little more green?
  • What if we better supported and enjoyed Portsmouth’s local independent businesses?
  • What if we transformed under-used urban spaces into compact community hubs?
  • How can the Living Streets Portsmouth project do all this?


Portsmouth needs to reduce carbon emissions, support local biodiversity and encourage forms of active travel in order to adequately respond to the climate emergency.

Our project is intended as a pilot scheme to show how Living Streets can be of huge social and environmental benefit to residents. When we show what can be done in our first two locations - Albert Road and Highland Road - we’d like to create more Living Streets throughout Portsmouth. 



Living Streets aims to tackle 4 key areas 

  • Encourage active travel
  • Green our streets
  • Support local businesses
  • Bring our community together


  • Why and how do we need to encourage active travel?


In some parts of Portsmouth, pollution levels are higher than they are in London. 

The city is densely populated and while many of us need to own a vehicle, they cause congestion and contribute to over 50% of air pollution. We desperately need to transform the way we travel and actively work to reduce the city’s carbon emissions.

As individuals, we each have a responsibility to change how we live on a day to day basis to reduce the further onset of dangerous climate change. We can all play our part together and then many small changes will multiply into a large contribution.

Living Streets will provide ample (and safe) bike storage racks, provide benches for walkers of all abilities to rest, ensure sufficient wheelchair, wheeler and walker access, and create micro-habitats for foliage, bugs and other local wildlife.


  • Why and how do we need to green our streets?


Portsmouth has limited green spaces and the built-up nature of our city means lots of neighbourhoods don't have a park nearby.

Lack of green spaces has a considerable effect on our daily quality of life AND has a very damaging effect on biodiversity. Biodiversity - the variety of life that can be found on Earth (plants, animals, fungi and micro-organisms) - continues to decline in every region of the world, significantly reducing nature’s capacity to contribute to our well-being.

And so while we’re facing a world-wide climate crisis, we’re also facing a national ecological crisis - with the UK only having about half its natural biodiversity left. Urgent action is required to support and nurture local ecosystems.

Living Streets will provide planters for a range of greenery including cabbages to attract butterflies, flowers to attract bees, foliage to provide shade, bird boxes, bat boxes and bug hotels.


  • Why and how do we need to support local businesses?


Living Streets could be an important part of the city’s economic recovery from the global pandemic as an initiative that builds on the behaviour change during the lockdowns - balancing supporting our local economy and the environment.

Portsmouth has a thriving independent business sector, which needs help to recover from the impact of lockdowns, restrictions and the ongoing consequences of Covid-19. We need to support our local business owners and their staff so that our local economy can grow and strengthen. 

Living Streets will provide outside seating for businesses, amplify their profiles within the city, encourage positive social behaviour around their premises and create micro-destinations within the city.

Albert Road businesses supporting and benefiting from Living Streets:
Southsea Cycles - Herbies Health Store - Nicholsons Tapas - Cileste Hair & Beauty - Hunter Gatherer

Highland Road businesses supporting and benefiting from Living Streets:
Goulds Jewellers - Broadway Coffee Roasters - Top Mark's Hairdressers - Southsea Nets and Curtains - The Clock Shop - Bengal Spice - RPM Records


  • Why and how do we need to bring our community together? 


Our city needs to find new and innovative ways to bring our diverse communities together in ways that are safe and accessible. Portsmouth has an incredibly supportive, friendly and socially-minded population which, after the isolating effect of Covid-19, we have come to appreciate now more than ever. 

Living Streets has already brought 13 local businesses, the University of Portsmouth and a panel of 7 practising (local and national) architects together to develop and arrive at the final designs you can see further down on this page. 

We’ve had a design competition open to all UoP architecture students, feedback from Portsmouth City Council urban design members as well as experts in independent practice, and community consultation meetings throughout the design process. 

Living Streets has already brought together different parts of our local community, and the project will offer more to bring people together once realised by tackling loneliness and engaging community gardening groups to help with the long-term up-keep. 


Living Streets are working elsewhere (such as London, Manchester and Southampton) to be the catalyst for behaviour change around how people travel to their local shops and bringing much-needed community spaces to city streets. Now’s the time to bring them to Pompey!

We aim to complete our Living Streets pilot project ready for everyone to enjoy by Summer 2022.

This project is trial, starting in two locations (in Central Southsea and Milton) but we hope that once the Living Streets are installed, local residents and businesses will see how brilliant they are. We want build a movement for Living Streets across the city and look to support other wards to bring them to their local areas too.



  • Who is working to bring Living Streets to Portsmouth?

Annabel Innes Director
Jamie Wilds Sales and Marketing

Portsmouth City Council
Charlotte Gerada Central Southsea Labour Councillor
George Fielding Central Southsea Labour Councillor

University of Portsmouth
Charlotte Hubbard 2nd Year Architecture MA student (competition winner)
Jack Clark 2nd Year Architecture MA student (competition winner)

IDL: Architecture London
Sean Clubb Senior Associate

...and many, many friends. 

Living Streets logo and illustrations by @studioslaughterhouse


  • How much are we Crowdfunding for and where will it be spent?

We're crowdfunding £30k towards the cost of the design, build, materials and installation across both the Albert Road and Highland Road sites, as well as the ongoing maintenance costs.

Every pound and penny our wonderful Pompey community can chip in will make all the difference in helping bring Living Streets to life.


For more information or enquiries as to how you can help please contact: 

Charlotte at [email protected]
George at [email protected]
Annabel at [email protected]

You can also follow our journey on Instagram @livingstreetsproject

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This project offers rewards in return for your donation

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CLOSE THE LOOP!! Clothes Collection Service

We'll come to your door and collect your (bagged) unwanted clothes that would otherwise go into landfill. We'll take ANY textile: curtains, knickers, t-shirts with weird stains/paint on them - as if there's anything that can't be sold as second hand, the fabrics are all recycled. SPRING CLEAN!! for Living Streets, free up some wardrobe space and help 'close the loop'.

£10 or more

Living Streets STICKER PACK!!

YAS!! A STICKER PACK!! All the fun bird, butterfly, bat and lovely leaves you can see in our Living Streets illustrations only in REAL LIFE!! and ready to be stuck anywhere.

£10 or more

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Super Start-Up SEWING KIT!!

Ever wanted to become a SEWING SENSATION only didn’t have quite what you needed to get started? Well wonderful Wendie of Southsea Nets, Curtains and Blinds has come to the rescue with a bespoke Start-Up Sewing Kit! Hurrah! Contains everything you need to get going, chosen by a woman that knows. Usually £20 each. Available to Living Streets supporters for ONLY £10.

£25 or more

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E-Cargo Bike Membership!!

A wonderful 12 Month Membership to Southsea Cycles e-cargo bike hire scheme. Their cargo bikes are beautiful, high-quality and thanks to the electric pedal support, you always have the wind with you! 10 memberships EXCLUSIVELY available to Living Streets supporters. Only £25 with us. Usually £46 each.

£25 or more

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BROADWAY COFFEE Roasting Taster Experience!!

Enjoy Broadway Coffee Roasters BRAND NEW!! 2 hour coffee roasting experience with their charming chief roaster Russell. Look at green beans and explore how varietals, altitude, and processing methods affect the coffee flavour profile. Usually £35 each. Only £25 with us. 10 spaces available for this very special price.

£25 or more

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The BIKE SPRUCE is Back!! Always helping people keep their bikes in tip-top condition Southsea Cycles are now offering their Silver Service EXCLUSIVELY to Living Streets supporters with a WHOPPING £20 DISCOUNT!! Only £25 with us. Usually £45 each.

£5 or more

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Easter TRUFFLE SNUFFLE!! vegan selection box

Easter is around the corner and Herbies Health Store are offering Booja Booja’s divine (and multi award-winning) vegan friendly chocolate truffles in a LIMITED EDITION, SEASONAL BOX!! 16 exquisite taste adventures created from simple, carefully chosen, organic ingredients; perfect as a gift or for your own Easter indulgence! Usually £10 they're available exclusively here for ONLY £5. *dribble face* OFFER ENDS EASTER BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 18TH APRIL

£25 or more

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RSPB Multi-species BIRD BOX!

Be a Bird Buddy and Buy a Bird a Home! This multi-species nest box is suitable for a wider range of garden birds than any of the other RSPB nest boxes. Your box will be installed at The Broadway alongside our BAT BOX! Cooooool!

£25 or more

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Always helping people keep their bikes in tip-top condition Southsea Cycles are now offering their Silver Service EXCLUSIVELY to Living Streets supporters with a WHOPPING £20 DISCOUNT!! Only £25 with us. Usually £45 each.

£30 or more

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RPM Ray's BRAND NEW 12" Records Bundle!!

Like the precious pre-loved 12" record bundle above only with BRAND-NEW-STILL-IN-THEIR-WRAPPERS discs of JOY. All killer, no filler. 5 albums in each bundle. Would be £70+ but available here for a mere £40.

£30 or more

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Hunter Gatherer SUPPER CLUB Special!!

Ok, so this is special. For ONE NIGHT ONLY! the delicious, 100% plant-based, independent WONDER that is Hunter Gatherer are hosting a Living Streets special Supper Club!! Good for the planet AND good for your tummy. Only 30 spaces available. 3 courses for £30.

£50 or more

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Buy a BAT BOX!

Bat don’t make nests, they rely on finding suitable places to rest, known as a roost. Be a Bat Buddy and Buy a Bat a Home! Your box will be installed at The Broadway and will help create a 'bat corridor' from the Highland Road Cemetery to our Living Street. Cooooool!

£60 or more

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Dedicate a Bench

Have a personal brass plaque engraved and installed on one of our beautiful Planted Benches. Dedicate to a loved one, send a message to the world, or simply stick your name on it. Max word count will apply and obviously no swearing (please).

£240 or more

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MY DOG SIGHS '...concrete eye' Ltd Edition Print

ONLY 1 AVAILABLE. 'I saw him searching into you (and ached a while) concrete eye'A2 Giclee print on archival 315gsm soft textured paper. LIMITED EDITION of 150. Each comes signed and numbered direct from his Southsea studio. Unframed size: 
420 x 594mm 
/ 16.5 x 23.4 inches. Usually £275, available here for the very kind price of £240.

£240 or more

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MY DOG SIGHS 'We shelter here' Ltd Edition Print

ONLY 1 AVAILABLE. 'We shelter here' A2 Giclee print on archival 315gsm soft textured paper. LIMITED EDITION of 150. Each comes signed and numbered direct from his Southsea studio. Unframed size: 
420 x 594mm / 16.5 x 23.4 inches. Usually £275, available here for the very kind price of £240.

£350 or more

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E-Scooter Up For Grabs!!

Southsea Cycles are offering a BRAND NEW!! Walberg Urban Electrics xR1 E-scooter MASSIVELY DISCOUNTED to Living Streets supporters. Zippy, sexy, eco-friendly and just in time for summer! Usually £499 each, now only £350. That’s a £149 discount...(To be collected from their shop on Albert Rd). PLEASE NOTE: This E-scooter can *ONLY* be used on private land and *NOT* on public roads, on pavements, in cycle lanes and in pedestrian-only areas.

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