The Spinnaker Tower opened on this day in 2005 after years of delays, political wrangling and spiralling costs.
With a height of 560ft it is the tallest accessible structure in the UK outside London.
In a profile of Portsmouth, The Guardian reported that ‘a certain chippy provincialism still haunts the place, starting with the council.’
It added: ‘The Spinnaker Tower – some call it an icon, those with eyes in their head call it a carbuncle. It doesn’t know how beautiful its geography makes it’ – from John Sadden’s The Portsmouth Book of Days.