SZ6299 : Spinnaker Tower across Gunwharf Quays

taken 3 years ago, near to Gosport, Hampshire, Great Britain

Spinnaker Tower across Gunwharf Quays
Spinnaker Tower across Gunwharf Quays
The Spinnaker Tower points spikily skyward with the moored boats in Gunwharf Quay at its feet.
The tower was completed in 2005 after four years construction at a cost of £35.6m. Visitors can ascend via a lift to the viewing gallery 105m above the dock and walk across a glass floor to look directly downwards. There are of course very good views from this gallery. For the more intrepid - it is possible to arrange to abseil down its curved flanks - but the most dare-devil incident occurred in 2005 when a "base jumper" evaded security to leap off it and parachute down - before running off without being apprehended! I liked the police comment that "It is not a crime to jump off a tower."
(see LinkExternal link for the full story).
Spinnaker Tower
The Spinnaker Tower is a 170 m (558 ft)–high tower in Portsmouth. It is the centrepiece of the redevelopment of Portsmouth Harbour, which was supported by a National Lottery grant. Its shape was chosen by Portsmouth residents from a selection of concepts. The tower reflects Portsmouth's maritime history by being modelled after a sail. After several years of delays and cost overruns, it was opened on 18 October 2005.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 3 May, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 10 May, 2016
Geographical Context
City, Town centre  Docks, Harbours 
Place (from Tags)
Portsmouth 
Primary Subject of Photo
Tower 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SZ 6293 9992 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:47.7262N 1:6.5088W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SZ 6298 9980
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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