Back in 2008 one of Waterlooville’s privately owned precincts was revamped with what can only be described as suspended flying saucers and a Mediterranean feel, this area was re-branded as ‘The Boulevard’. The revamp was privately funded and reportedly cost over half a million pounds.
Over time the orange render began to fall off the orange monoliths and surrounding walls, running repairs were implemented, though not with great success. Whenever a frost came, another chunk of render would drop away.
Originally there were two monoliths, the photograph below was taken in April 2013 and shows just one monolith remaining.
Today it has to be said, The Boulevard is generally quite tidy, there is little in the way of rubbish despite multiple coffee shops, though some muppet keeps feeding the pigeons with birdseed. The Boulevard is in a better state of repair than the other private Waterlooville precinct, Wellington Way.
A plaque commemorating one of the engineers who worked on the project can be found next to Kingswell Kitchens and Bedrooms. Whoever Andrew Tumber was, he must have made quite an impression to have a memorial dedicated to his refurbishment work. Rushby Brewster still trades and is now know as Arch Associates Limited.
Want to know where the orange walls were located but not quite sure? When the orange walls were removed, the uplighters were left in situ. You can also see that where the replacement block paving was inserted, the new blocks are slightly lower than their neighbours.
Do you have any other ‘secrets’ to add for The Boulevard?