Design Principles

The five design principles shaping the proposals for our masterplan, all rooted in creating a sustainable neighbourhood for the future:


1. Car-free for a carefree environment


2. Strong and healthy communities


3. Closer to nature and water


4. Beacon of innovative Portsmouth


5. Climate responsive

Design principle 1

Car-free for care free living

Taking cues from historic places built before cars, we’re creating streets and squares just for people — car-free areas where residents and visitors can socialise, exercise and play in safety. A network of paths, cycle routes and boardwalks will connect up Lennox Point and offer universal accessibility, encouraging people to walk, wheel and cycle, and enjoy being close to work, shops and parks. The low-traffic neighbourhood will also be connected to Portsmouth’s bus routes and the M275.

  1. Less than 5-minute walk to public transport connections to the city centre, other parts of Portsmouth and beyond
  2. Maximum 10% of roads designated for everyday car usage
  3. Central point for parking (one space per three households) and car rental services
  4. Pedestrian, cycling and road bridge to Horsea Country Park
  5. 15-minute public transport options to city centre, train stations and ferry terminals
  6. Making cycling easier
  1. Increased take-up of cycling and walking for local journeys
  2. Decreased car ownership
  3. Increased bicycle trips to the city centre
  4. Increased bicycle/alternative mobility ownership
  5. Increased local trips (within 5 miles) by foot, wheel or public transport
  6. Increased amount of adults going 150 minutes of exercise per week
  7. Increased amount of pathways and cycle routes
  8. Increased proportion of urban trips by shared ride scheme

Design principle 2

Strong and healthy communities

Lennox Point will be designed to cater for every stage of life and to help foster an inclusive community. There will be exciting facilities to bring the community together and help people stay fit and healthy — all within a 10-minute walk of every home. The architecture will be fitting for this special harbour peninsula, while being responsive to modern lifestyles, helping residents feel connected and reducing loneliness.

  1. Proportional percentage mix across age groups (%student %professionals %families %retirees)
  2. Universal accessibility to all parts of Lennox Point
  3. 10-minute neighbourhood concept: all everyday amenities within a 10-minute walk
  4. Communities facilities (community centre, school, retirement living) will also be dual-use, catering for all groups at Lennox Point
  5. Housing for people working at Lennox Point or Phoenix Quay green marine hub
  6. Community allotments
  7. Street furniture to allow people to stop and chat
  8. Lennox Point app: events and gatherings, news sharing, local activism and volunteering
  9. Community shops, pubs and kitchens using locally grown food
  10. Views of historical sites across Portsmouth harbour, fostering a connection with local identity and sense of place

Community engagement:

  1. Increased percentage of people volunteering
  2. Increased percentage of people engaged in improving their local area
  3. Increased percentage of people agreeing that their neighbourhood can be trusted
  4. Decreased reports of loneliness

Healthy lifestyle:

  1. Increased allotments usage
  2. Increased average daily consumption of fruit and vegetables
  3. Decreased number of GP visits per person
  4. Increased number of adults exercising for 150 minutes a week
  5. Increased percentage of children engaged in physical activity

Design principle 3

Closer to nature and the water

We want to help people stay connected to nature, creating new areas of wilderness and parkland and linking Lennox Point to its water, marshland and beautiful surrounding landscape. With unique westerly views to Portchester Castle, people can enjoy sunset over the harbour and the peace and quiet of a car-free neighbourhood. We are also establishing a rich mix of natural habitats to improve biodiversity and build brilliant recreational amenities for people to enjoy themselves in the great outdoors.

  1. At least 25 square metres of green space per person
  2. Every home within a 10-minute walk to the water
  3. Dedicated green spaces that will be interactive: great for play and fitness
  4. Dedicated green spaces that will be calm zones, tranquility gardens or sensory gardens
  5. Dedicated green spaces with sunset views across Portsmouth Harbour
  6. Minimum biodiversity gain of 10%
  7. Explore use of the Greening Factor Tool to increase quality and quantity of green space
  8. Trees planted to increase canopy cover for shade in summer months
  9. A route of education boards around Lennox Point for all to interact and learn about nature, including about insect havens and bee hives
  10. Every home has a view of the water or park
  11. 2.5 kilometres of accessible waterfront
  1. Increased usage of the water at Lennox Point
  2. Increased number of people interacted with green spaces
  3. Increased percentage of land covered by trees
  4. Increased amount of fruit and vegetables grown here
  5. Increased wild bird and insect population

Design principle 4

Beacon of innovative Portsmouth

We will show the world what Portsmouth can do, demonstrating new technologies in practice and creating an inspiring entrepreneurial and educational environment for enterprise to thrive. Phoenix Quay will be one of the South Coast’s leading green marine technology hubs, and will be the beating heart of an innovative community of businesses and start-ups. This will be a fully digitally enabled neighbourhood with its own app, connecting people to events, news and ways to get involved.

  1. Enterprise Zone status
  2. An exemplary and innovating anchor tenant
  3. A dedicated incubator for startup businesses and move-on space to accommodate growth, with focus on green marine sector and blue health
  4. Create a Portsmouth Innovation Expo for boat and architectural design
  5. University campus twinning: marine biology, marine technology, ecology, innovation
  6. Business commitment to apprenticeship scheme
  7. Research and development zone/hub
  8. Learning centre
  9. Creation of Lennox Point app
  10. All homes are smart homes
  11. Excellent digital connectivity for every home and workplace
  1. Increased number of startups per capita
  2. Increased inward investment from national and international companies
  3. Increased income per capita
  4. Decreased percentage of unemployment
  5. Increased expenditure on R&D per capita
  6. Increased number of patents
  7. Increased number of skilled workers per capita
  8. Increased further education qualifications per capita
  9. Increased number of Lennox Point app users
  10. Monitor download speeds in megabits per second

Design principle 5

Climate responsive

We are aiming for Lennox Point to be the South Coast’s first and largest net zero carbon neighbourhood. As a totally new place, we have the ability and responsibility to build a resilient and adaptable place that will respond to climate change.

  1. Establish a roadmap to ‘Net Zero Carbon’
  2. Harness the potential of renewable energy
  3. Build a smart grid and mobility energy infrastructure
  4. Promote an electric marine hub
  5. Embrace Circular Economy principles to minimise waste and maximise material the long-term value of the materials we’ve used
  6. Use local materials and workforce
  7. Avoid single-use plastics on-site
  8. Up-cycling centres, repair café and tool library
  9. Use of solar panels and green roofs
  10. Lennox Point will be on the local curriculum to promote climate-conscious living
  11. A ‘Sponge City’ — capturing rainwater to prevent waste, use for recreation and improve ecology
  1. Number of buildings certified as sustainable
  2. Number of net zero carbon homes
  3. Percentage of households using renewable energy
  4. Decreased annual household waste
  5. Increased annual household recycling rates
  6. Decreased household energy consumption
  7. Decreased household water consumption