In the span of a decade, these captivating visuals reveal the remarkable transformations that time can bring.

In the past few years, Southampton has undergone remarkable transformations. From Guildhall Square to Mayflower Plaza, which looks almost completely different.

With each passing moment, it becomes increasingly challenging to recollect the many transformations that have taken place in our surroundings. Nevertheless, these sliders serve as a poignant testament to the remarkable growth and evolution that our city has undergone in a decade.

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The older images – all positioned to the left of modern ones – demonstrate just how the passage of time has altered our surroundings. Each old image was taken roughly a decade ago - give or take a year or two -  and the modern ones in recent years.

It is impossible to predict what the next 10 years will bring, but most of us will be hoping the Bargate Quarter will progress in those years.

Guildhall Square

Going back to the early 1960s, the square contained five buildings with businesses including clothes store Van Allen and Maryon.

The square underwent development to create a more open and spacious public space.

Landscaped with trees and benches, the work created an inviting and pedestrian-friendly environment.

Over the years, Guildhall Square has become a central hub for cultural activities in Southampton, gradually evolving into an area for entertainment, and community life.

SeaCity Museum

Over the course of numerous years, the west wing of the Civic Centre has experienced a multitude of transformations.

In its earlier days, the spacious area served as a home to both the law courts and the Southampton Police.

A little over 10 years ago, the Sea`City Museum emerged as a prominent landmark with a striking architectural design.

Its modernistic liner-inspired profile is symbolic of the city’s rich maritime heritage, despite splitting the opinions of locals.


The construction and subsequent opening of Westquay shopping centre in the year 2000 brought about a notable transformation in the appearance of Southampton.

When the £85m expansion opened in stages in 2016 and 2017, it changed things further.

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

Mayflower Plaza

Nestled adjacent to Commercial Road was, for a while, a dormant expanse of land, its boarded-up facade concealing tales of a vibrant past.

The V-shaped site – bounded by Havelock Road, Commercial Road and West Park Road – stood empty for many years before being demolished in 2003.

Developers in partnership with the University of Southampton built a student village on the premises which includes a gym, a small supermarket, 400 cycle racks and basement parking.

Students began moving into the village in 2014, despite a major fire hampering progress earlier that year.


Many of us will remember the two nightclubs once featured here with fond, albeit hazy, memories.

McCluskey’s International/426  was loved by many and renamed 426 before reverting back. 

New York, New York, is also long gone, but will no doubt be remembered for many years to come. It tended to attract a slightly older crowd than McCluskey’s and a long time ago, even Saints players.

The clubs have both been demolished and the land used for houses and flats.

Cumberland Place

This building on Cumberland place – along with much of the road – has undergone major redevelopment in recent years.

The office block, situated on the corner with Grosvenor Square, sat empty for years before eventually being torn down.

Three smaller buildings, located between the office block and Paris Randal on Bedford Place, were razed to the ground at the same time.