Gunwharf Quays is the UK’s premier world class shopping, leisure and residential waterfront development, attracting millions of visitors every year. Few realise that its history began more than 300 years ago when land was reclaimed from Portsmouth Harbour to provide a nationally important wharf for naval and army guns. Portsmouth’s Gunwharf became the largest in Britain.
Early in the last century it became the HMS Vernon school for torpedoes and mines. In 1996 the site was sold and within five years had been transformed into Gunwharf Quays.
Author Michael Underwood’s experience, as the architect responsible for repairing and conserving the historic buildings at Gunwharf Quays during its development, makes him uniquely qualified to tell the story. He has been afforded unparalleled access to documents, maps, plans, drawings and photographs which he brings together for the first time in this fascinating book.
About the author
Michael Underwood practiced architecture in Hampshire and briefly in London for more than 40 years and has a masters degree in historic building conservation. He was project architect for most of the historic buildings at Gunwharf Quays (1998 to 2001, and later) and founded HGP Conservation, a specialist team within HGP Architects. He was Senior Lecturer in Historic Building Conservation at the University of Portsmouth from 2005 to 2012. Michael lives in Southsea, Hampshire, with his wife Julie.
Title: Gunwharf Quays Portsmouth
Author: Michael Underwood
Publisher: Tricorn Books
Format: Paperback, Size: 210x148mm, Pages: 192
Published: 31 March 2015 ISBN: 978-1-909660-20-5
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