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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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New ‘food-led cafe/bar’ Maritimo Lounge opens for business

Ocean Village’s newest business, Maritimo Lounge, which describes itself as a ‘food-led cafe/bar’, opened its doors for the first time today. With breathtaking views across the marina, it is the first commercial opening of the new Admiral’s Quay development.

The relaxed restaurant space is spread over three floors and features an extensive all-day menu including brunch, tapas, burgers and panini, plus a cocktail menu. The quirky yet homely open space is dominated by dramatic lighting fixtures, an eclectic mix of furniture and portraits which adorn every wall.

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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).

Other News

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

Initial site investigations for Harbour Hotel development

New Hotel and Apartment Block From The Water

Hotel and apartment development drawings

MDL Marinas has advised us that the main surface car park at Ocean Village (between the Admiral’s Quay development and the Harbour Lights Picturehouse) will be closed for a period of 3-4 weeks commencing 11th November 2013.  The closure will allow the initial site investigations for the Southampton Harbour Hotel development to take place.

We are pleased to advise that MDL has now entered into an Agreement for Lease with Southampton Harbour Hotel Ltd for the site of the hotel and adjacent mixed use scheme with a view to the development commencing in 2014. [...] Prior to Southampton Harbour Hotel Ltd taking possession of the site and proceeding with the development they require to undertake a range of site investigations, which will enable them to finalise the detailed structural design of the development.
— Release from MDL Marinas

MDL expect to provide us with more detail on the proposed construction and timeline for the development towards the end of 2013 or early 2014. If you have any enquiries, please contact the MDL Helpdesk on 0845 600 1813.

Alternative Parking Arrangements

  • Alternative parking is available in the multi-storey Ocean Car Park on Ocean Way (by Neptune Way) which is charged at the same tariff as the surface car park.
  • If you are an existing car park permit holder and normally park in the surface car park, please contact the Marina Office in person (or by email at: d.burns@mdlmarinas.co.uk) who will be happy to issue you with a temporary access ticket to the multi-storey car park.

Earlier news on the Harbour Hotel development

A day of free fun at the RYA Active Marina Open Day

RYA Motor Cruising CourseOcean Village will be hosting an Open Day on Saturday 18th May in conjunction with the Royal Yachting Association’s “Active Marina” and “Push the Boat Out” programmes, to encourage people of all ages and abilities to ‘have a go’ at watersports. Nearly everything at the event will be completely free of charge to the public.

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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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Notes from the Police Community Meeting

Police murder appeal poster in Ocean Village

Police murder appeal poster in Ocean Village

On the evening of Tuesday 28th August, over 120 members of the local community attended Hampshire Constabulary’s special community meeting to learn more about the recent murder investigation and have an opportunity to ask questions relating to the case. We apologise for the delay in writing up our notes from the meeting, but we wanted to still provide them here as a reference for those that were unable to attend.

Inspector Ryan Bartlett, Community Engagement Officer Andy Lai and the detective superintendent in charge of the investigation, Tony Harris, were on hand to answer questions from the community and reassure residents that this was a very unusual incident, and to publicly declare their own personal commitments to solving the case.

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Man charged over murder of pensioner at Ocean Village

Delia Hughes, the murdered Ocean Village resident and pensioner

Delia Hughes, the murdered Ocean Village resident and pensioner. Photograph via the Daily Echo.

A large part of Ocean Village was sealed off on the evening of Saturday 18th August as police investigated the murder of Delia Hughes, an 85-year-old Ocean Village resident whose body was found by relatives visiting her home in Atlantic Close.

ITV Meridian News reported on Saturday evening that Mrs Hughes was found at 7:55pm.  At this point, the Major Investigation Team were called in and a wide area was cordoned off in order to protect the scene and allow police to collect potentially important evidence.  An ambulance was seen leaving the scene shortly after 11pm on Saturday evening.

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