Time flies, and these images demonstrate that a great deal can change in just 10 years.

Southampton has seen dramatic changes in recent years. From Westquay's restaurants and Showtime theatre to Queensway, which now looks almost unrecognisable

As time marches on, it can be difficult to recall the ways in which our environment has altered. Yet, these images offer a visual reminder of how much the city has grown and evolved over the past decade.

The older images – all positioned to the left of modern ones – demonstrate just how the passage of time has altered our surroundings. Each new image was taken roughly a decade ago.

And who can say what the future holds in store in another 10 years?

Maybe the Bargate Quarter will be completed.



The corner building had long been a familiar sight in the area, and for years it was the home of Safeway.

After a brief stint as a music store, the building became a British Heart Foundation charity shop.

Demolition of the building, all others in the parade and many leading up towards the Bargate got underway almost five years ago and the entire area is now a boarded-up building site.


Westquay shopping centre changed the look of Southampton when it was constructed and then opened in 2000.

Things changed further when the £85m expansion opened in stages in 2016 and 2017.

With numerous restaurants, a cinema, bowling and more – the impressive looking building offers contrast to the old town walls opposite.


The area around the Bargate has changed massively over the years.

The Bargate was once attached to Southampton’s old walls and was home to the law courts as well as Southampton's police station.

A parade of shops, which once included Levis, Currys and Maplins, has been razed after sitting empty for a long period.

The new Bargate Quarter promised to show off the parts of the old walls that had been hidden for years, as well as providing residential and commercial space.

But major setbacks hit the £132m development when contractor Henry Construction Projects Limited filed for administration.


Southampton’s bustling Guildhall Square is well known as the Cultural Quarter of the City.

The area now houses popular venues Turtle Bay, Grumpy Monkey and Nandos.

The 450-seat NST City theatre opened in 2018 as part of the £30m development of the Guildhall Square area. It has since been taken over by the Mayflower and is now Mast Mayflower Studios.


The once-industrial waterfront has been redeveloped largely over the past 10 years.

Restaurants, bars, and cafes lined the waterfront promenade a decade ago, helping to attract a growing number of residents and businesses to the area.

To accommodate them, more apartments have been built in Ocean Village, along with offices and a hotel.

The cinema has been repurposed into a gym and the Wetherspoons pub on the right of the picture - The Admiral Sir Lucius Curtis - has since closed down.


Situated in the heart of Southampton, the 13-storey Castle House stands out from the surrounding pre-war buildings and upmarket 1980s housing.

 Castle House was built where the motte and the keep of Southampton's Medieval castle was once located.


The buildings in this area haven't changed at all, but a new pedestrian area now dominates the junction with Carlton Place.

This wasn't a quick transition. Various temporary pedestrianised areas were tried out here in the years beforehand.​