A massive regeneration of a former naval depot in Portsmouth, this long-term project has had a tremendous impact both locally and regionally.
Gunwharf Quays is more than a successful mixed-use housing scheme. It is a collection of experiences that brings together various types of housing in a carefully considered, safe environment, where everything is conveniently located on a unique south-facing waterfront site. The various aspects of the scheme complement one another to create a particular living experience that has proved popular and successful both as a place to live and a destination for a day out.
The ‘mixed-use’ includes housing, restaurants, the Aspex gallery and leisure facilities such as cinemas, health clubs and bowling. Moreover, its location – alongside Portsmouth Harbour – provides waterside views and a marina facility.
This scheme had a master plan that incorporated existing historic structures that had been part of the original storage area of Gunwharf, and important waterfront features including a canal and marina. The various buildings were designed by a variety of architects over a period of 10 years.
The main Gunwharf retail and leisure area went into business in 2001. It opened up an area that had been in naval ownership for over 300 years, providing access to the sea front. The area is used for local events and has been developing its own character with street markets, festivals and performances scheduled all year round.