Approval for £70m Southampton waterfront scheme


Approval for £70m Southampton waterfront scheme

The £70m Watermark WestQuay scheme will see the creation of 10-screen cinema, around 20 restaurants and a spacious public piaThe new public space, located in front of Southampton’s historic wall, includes a water feature that imitates the action of the pools created by the tidal mudflats on the Southampton coastline.


The developer plans to deliver a 950,000sq ft mixed-use scheme on the former Pirelli site in two stages.


The first phase includes the construction of the landmark cinema, leisure and retail spaces as well as a new public area in front of the city’s historic walls.


At a later stage of the project, phase two will see the creation of a new residential tower with up to 240 apartments, one or two hotels, offices and public spaces.


Guy Wells, Hammerson Development Manager said: “This site offers a unique opportunity to deliver an exceptional leisure and dining destination for Southampton.


“We have been encouraged with the level of support we have received on the scheme from stakeholders and we have worked hard with the council to create a scheme which is already generating strong interest from potential occupiers.”


ACME masterplanned and designed Watermark WestQuay, Grant Associates are the landscape architects and Barton Wilmore supplied planning advice on the project.


Construction works on the initial phase of the project are set to begin in the autumn of this year with the opening ceremony of Watermark WestQuay scheduled for autumn 2016.


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