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Construction to begin on new 5-star hotel at Ocean Village

New Hotel and Apartment Block From The Water

Hotel and apartment development drawings

MDL Marinas has written to its berth holders advising that construction on the new luxury hotel at Ocean Village is about to commence. This explains the impending closure of the surface car park, which has been signposted for the last few days.

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The Moresby Tower at Admiral’s Quay goes on sale

Admiral's Quay, September 2014

Admiral’s Quay, September 2014

Apartments at Southampton’s newest and tallest residential building go on sale tomorrow, Saturday 27th September. The release of the first phase of units in the 26-storey Morseby Tower marks an exciting point as the development edges nearer to completion. The developer has clearly been making steady progress in recent weeks. If you have walked past in recent days, you will have seen bronze panels and pre-fabricated balconies flying up into the sky at quite a rate!

From the news release:

The Moresby Tower will be released in phases. At this stage, no other plots other than the ones on the price lists will be available to reserve.

For those of you who will be attending the launch tomorrow and looking to reserve, you will be provided with a number when you enter the Admirals Quay Marketing Suite. When a sales consultant is free, your number will be called and we will be able to confirm current availability.

To reserve an apartment at Admirals Quay a £1,000 reservation fee is required. All of the apartments up to £600,000 are available to buy on the Help to Buy scheme (subject to qualifying criteria). The Help to Buy reservation fee is £500.

As soon as your solicitor is in receipt of the draft contract, then there is a deadline of 28 days for you to exchange contracts. You will be given 10 days working notice for completion. Apartments in The Moresby Tower are due for completion early 2015.

The Moresby Tower contains 120 one, two and three bedroom apartments, with prices starting from £142,500. Many of the apartments have stunning views across the marina and the city. The building’s other features include a communal gym, private gardens and a concierge service.

You can read more about the apartments which are going on sale tomorrow in the The Moresby Tower Plan Book and Price List (v1).

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New residents actually started to move in to The Blake Building, the first of the three buildings to be completed, a number of weeks back. There is still no news on who might be occupying any of the commercial units, but we will bring these announcements to you as we hear them.

Work to begin on Harbour Hotel at Ocean Village this July?

New Hotel and Apartment Block From The Water

Hotel and apartment development drawings

The Daily Echo reports today that the developer of the upcoming Southampton Harbour Hotel, Nicolas James Group, is due to start the construction project this July.

The Daily Echo can reveal that work on the super-yacht inspired Southampton Harbour Hotel, which could become the city’s first five-star establishment for five years, will begin this July. And the firm behind the plans says that 300 jobs will be created at the hotel while more than 1,000 other positions could be created as a result of the new complex.
— Daily Echo article, Saturday 29th March 2014

Planning approval was granted in April 2012 and initial site investigations were conducted in November 2013. The Echo reports that the delay in starting the project was due to improvements being made to the layout of the buildings but does not go into detail about what these improvements are or whether additional planning consent is now required.

Some of the interesting highlights from the article:

  • Work to begin in July
  • Development will cost £50m
  • Hotel operator is aiming for it to be categorised as a 5-star hotel
  • Hampshire chef Alex Aitken is lined up to run the restaurant
  • The hotel will directly employ 300 people

We have written to Harbour Hotels/Nicolas James Group asking for additional information.

Read our earlier coverage of the Harbour Hotel development

New Eastern Dock car park to impact Ocean Village residents?

Multiple corroborating sources indicate that ABP is extremely close to commencing work on a new multi-storey car park in the Eastern Docks for storing import/export cars in transit.  Although a number of these structures already exist elsewhere in the docks, this will be the first multi-storey compound of this type being built in very close proximity to some residential properties in Ocean Village.  ABP have apparently stated that it will be of a comparable height to similar structures in the area, which would suggest that it will be four storeys high.

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Fire alarm frustrations at Splash

Splash Development

The Splash development at Ocean Village

Hundreds of Ocean Village residents at Splash (Sapphire Court and Cobalt Quarter) were kept awake last night by blaring fire alarms and are enduring a second day of disturbance, simply because nobody will come to silence the alarms.

The false alarm was caused by a smashed call point in the residential complex at 21:15 on Friday evening. Fire brigade teams from St Mary’s station have attended the scene twice, wasting two hours on site on Friday night and another two hours on Saturday morning.

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Work on Admiral’s Quay has officially started, says developer

Admirals Quay PromenadeFollowing on from our story of two days ago, What is to happen to the Continental Booking Office, we have now had an official statement released to us from the developer, Allied Developments:

Allied Developments can confirm that initial preparation works for the construction of its landmark Admiral’s Quay development are now underway. Allied Developments is committed to keeping the Ocean Village residents, businesses, marina users and berth holders informed during the construction process and will very shortly be issuing a newsletter to all these groups providing information on upcoming works.

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What is to happen to the Continental Booking Office?

Is the Continental Booking Office about to be demolished?

Is the Continental Booking Office about to be demolished?

We have noticed in recent days that the historic Continental Booking Office building – which was previously home to Vikki Pink Beauty and Mocha Marina Coffee – has been enclosed with wire fencing. We have known for a while that it was due to be demolished to make way for the Admiral’s Quay Phase 2 development. However, we have not heard anything recently from either MDL Marinas or Allied Developments (the developer) about the status of the development. We have reached out to both to see if there is any more information to relay to residents, but so far we have had no response. It came as something of a surprise to see it enclosed in fencing immediately after the Clipper event.

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Admiral’s Quay Development Approved

Admirals Quay PromenadeBack in January (17th Jan) HGP architects were granted planning consent to complete the Admirals Quay development. A statement on their website reads:

The site will now realise its full potential as an exciting mixed-use development situated on the marina, giving the City a waterfront destination to be proud of. The design proposal is focused around three high quality buildings, the western one (Building 1) being 26-storeys, the central one (Building 2) 16-storeys and the eastern one (Building 3) 9-storeys. An elevated terrace between buildings 1 and 2 provides an exciting area with provision for up to 8 restaurants and seating spilling out onto the promenade, with residents enjoying a high landscaped terrace at the second floor level. The development primarily focuses on the marina frontage and creates plenty of opportunity to relax and enjoy the views.

The tallest residential tower will act as a landmark and will be the beginning of a new skyline for the City of Southampton, while the surrounding public space will give more of a human scale and will help the area to become a real destination.

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Fibre Broadband Now Available to Order

We have some great news for anybody that has been frustrated with their home internet speeds at Ocean Village. BT have been busy over the last couple of years investing in and rolling out new ‘Fibre to the Cabinet’ (FttC) services across the country. Over the last two months, Southampton has been having its infrastructure upgraded – you may have seen the new green cabinets popping up all over the place? In essence, these cabinets allow the traditional wire “twisted pair” cable, which runs to the network equipment located at the local BT exchange, to be replaced with much faster fibre optic cables. Traditional wires are only used for the very short run from a BT box in the street into your home. The result is much faster broadband speeds. Previously, the high speed links terminated at the exchange and therefore top speeds were limited by your distance from the exchange.

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