Gunwharf 16th January 2001. View of the Gunwharf developement, taken from the site Marketing Office. Picture: Ian Hargreaves 010262-5

19 photos showing how Gunwharf Quays was constructed in Portsmouth

This is how it all began at Gunwharf Quays – one of the Portsmouth area’s most popular shopping centre.

Tuesday, 13th October 2020, 3:51 pm

Thousands of people visit the shopping centre every year but do you remember when it was first built?

For years the Royal Navy had used the site as the torpedo training school HMS Vernon until it was closed in 1986.

A decade later Portsmouth City Council approved the planning application for the new Gunwharf development and construction work began in 1998.

Three years later in February 2001 the shopping centre opened its doors to the public to the first time.

We have had a look in the archive and found some photos of the construction – what do you remember?

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