QinetiQ Portsdown Technology Park
The new 60,000 sq ft Naval Combat Simulation building at Portsdown Technology Park will comprise a new three to four storey building with innovative control simulation systems for the next generation of naval combat. Portsdown Technology Park has been developed in a prominent position on the top of Portsdown Hill inland from Portsmouth. The profile of the existing facilities are easily visible and recognisable creating an almost iconic image for Portsmouth. The concept proposal embraces the chalk rock under the green landscape to produce a building that emerges or bursts from the rock and looks north to the rolling South Downs. The floor plates echo the natural rock striations and tear open to reveal ribbon windows and external balconies. The main entrance is approached from the road rising up from the security entrance and turning into a drop off and car parking area. Here the building peels up and away from the hillside to reveal the potential building entrance reception. Within the space is the ‘heart’, representing a sculptural digital signal and hinting at the control simulation.