This major waterfront heritage area, with spectacular views across Portsmouth Harbour, is a former ammunition manufacturing facility. The Explosion museum of naval firepower is on the site along with a number of important listed buildings including the recently opened micro-brewery housed within a heritage former armaments magazine.
It is surrounded by ramparts that form a scheduled ancient monument and form part of the historic “Gosport Lines” fortifications.
The site is at the northern end of Gosport’s Millennium Promenade, which runs along the waterfront and connects the site with the Gosport ferry and town centre. Access by cyclists and pedestrians over the bridge is complemented by a new road that connects the site to the A32, just two miles from Gosport town centre and five miles from the M27.
Proposals are being developed for the remaining heritage buildings on what is a challenging site, including a mix of uses including hotel/conferencing facilities, food and drink outlets, small offices and craft workshops, and education and/or community uses, along with up to 100 homes.
Along with securing the long-term future of the heritage assets, water taxi links provide considerable scope to expand the tourism potential of the site and the wider Portsmouth Harbour tourism offer.