Gun wharf Quay is a former naval site which has been developed very much in keeping with the local heritage and culture. I am all for regeneration of this nature as it makes use of previous derelict land and attracts tourists and locals alike. There is nothing better than visiting on a sunny day, sipping wine and watching the world go by or in this case, boats and people.
The landmark building is The Spinnaker Tower a huge sail welcoming boats as they enter the harbour and providing an overview of the locale for visitors. You can whizz up to the observation deck and literally see for miles and miles, across to Gosport, The Isle of Wight and north towards Portsdown Hill.
It’s a leisure destination which offers retail, eating and entertainment whilst gently reminding us of its past with sculpted cannon, figureheads and the like. Some of the original buildings are retained such as The Old Custom House now an attractive restaurant and bar. The periphery offers Holiday Inn sometimes known locally as the Lipstick Tower and swanky apartments overlooking Spice Island. All this is contained by the original wall which encompassed the naval site.
With Old Portsmouth and Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard literally just round the corner this little bit of regeneration is up there with Darling Harbour in Sydney and The Waterfront in Cape Town…well in my view anyway. This is regeneration at its best.