PDP produced plans for the charity Learning Links to restore the Treadgolds Ironmongers buildings which are located close to the Royal naval base in Portsea, Portsmouth.

Treadgolds was a family run ironmonger’s which supplied the people of Portsmouth and the Dockyard with a vast array of ironmongery for nearly 200 years. The business evolved on the site, adding forges and taking over residential spaces and retained its Victorian interior right up until it closed in 1989. Seen as an authentic time capsule of the industrial and social heritage of the 19th and 20th centuries, the buildings were made into a museum soon after.

Sadly the structural condition of the buildings meant the museum had to close to the public and schemes were devised to enable funding to re-open it. Learning Links proposal was to restore the museum areas and create new office, studio and workshop spaces within the existing buildings to help fund the restoration. The centre point of the proposal was to create an atrium café space in the central workshop area, with World War II bomb damaged buildings being restored to create more space.

Planning approval was granted in 2009, but sadly due to the recession, the lottery funding was withdrawn shortly before the project went to site and the buildings remain in a dilapidated state to this day.


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