One of the most visually striking legacies of the Millennium Commission in Gosport is the innovative 170m cycle and pedestrian lifting bridge which connects Priddy’s Hard with Royal Clarence Yard across the Forton Lake tidal creek.
The “Forton Lake Opening Bridge” was a key Gosport element in the ambitious “Renaissance of Portsmouth Harbour” Project, one of twelve landmark projects selected in 1995 to provide a lasting memorial to celebrate the new Millennium. The Bridge formed the final link in the 3km Millennium Promenade, connecting Priddy’s Hard Heritage Area and Explosion! Museum in the north, to the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in the south, via Gosport Town Centre.
Over the past two decades this harbourside area has changed a lot and it is still evolving. The former Royal Navy Armaments Depot at Priddy’s Hard and Victualling Yard at Royal Clarence Yard are now residential housing areas with popular cafe’s and bars but, one things remains constant – the Millennium Bridge. Quietly and elegantly she perches astride Forton Creek with a steady stream of people walking and across daily, travelling to work, going to the shops, cafe’s, bars, Museum or enjoying fresh air and exercise or just taking in the views.