£25m Ocean Village Hotel Announced

Promontory Hotel Site Plan

Promontory Hotel Site Plan

Harbour Hotels, operator of five hotels along the South Coast, is set to build a brand new £25m hotel and spa in Ocean Village. The 70-bedroom hotel, with an exterior constructed primarily from glass, will provide great views of the marina and offer a champagne roof terrace and a waterside restaurant and bar.

It’s taken a while to get here, but perhaps the hotel is finally going to become a reality? The Ocean Car Park on Ocean Way will forever remain something of a white elephant without a hotel for which to provide car parking. Permission for the hotel on the promontory at Ocean Village, the finger of land which protrudes out into the marina roughly in front of the Harbour Lights Cinema, was first granted back in 2006. Despite various modifications being made to the planning permission in 2008 the hotel was never started, an unfortunate victim of the economic downturn which started at the same time. However, according to Marina Developments Ltd (MDL) who operate and manage the marina, the project was always going to happen at some point as part of their ongoing £70 million re-development of Ocean Village. In January 2011 MDL applied for an extension to the existing planning permission and in May 2011 this extension was granted with a number of conditions. You can read our full coverage of the Ocean Village Hotel on our dedicated web page .

“A hotel on this site is a perfect fit for our portfolio and is an excellent complement to the existing Marina,” said Nick Roach, chairman of Harbour Hotels. “We have a lot to do, but are fully committed to deliver a landmark hotel, spa and dining destination to Southampton.” The ground floor of the as-yet-unnamed hotel is proposed to include a large open-plan lounge, restaurant and bar area which will extend out onto a terrace at the end of the existing promontory. The hotel will also have a number of flexible function rooms. Harbour Hotels have teamed up with MDL Developments to build the site. According to the Daily Echo the hotel is likely to bring  more than 100 jobs to the area.