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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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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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£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 .

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Chiquito Mexican Restaurant Has Re-opened!

Update: Since this article was written, Chiquito has announced that they have managed to open ahead of schedule and are now open for business!

Original article: This weekend is going to be a BIG one for Ocean Village, with over 100,000 visitors expected to descend on the marina to participate in the festivities of the Clipper Round the Word Yacht Race.  But, once the weekend is over, there will still be something to look forward to, come Monday.

Chiquito has announced that they will be reopening their popular Mexican restaurant on Monday 1st August 2011.

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Oxford Street to get an £800,000 Makeover

The view down Oxford Street

The view down Oxford Street

Nearby Oxford Street, a popular location for those looking for great bars and restaurants, is to get an £800,000 makeover. Following initial studies carried out by the city council in 2010, the following priorities were determined:

  • To improve the streetscene
  • Provide shared surfaces
  • Improve footways

What this will amount to in practice is the creation of a pedestrian-friendly environment – in an effort to bring about a more alfresco, cosmopolitan café scene with numerous outside tables and chairs. Trees will be planted to soften and improve the overall street scene and existing lamp posts will be removed in favour of wall-hung lighting to reduce overall street clutter.

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Chiquito Restaurant is Unwrapped

Chiquitos in October 2010 after the fireWork has begun on getting the Chiquito Restaurant ready for re-opening.

The Chiquito Restaurant in Ocean Village was forced to close after being badly damaged in a fire on 2nd October 2010. The Chiquito website quickly promised that the restaurant would re-open prior to Christmas 2010. However, despite an initial flurry of activity on the site at the time, it did not. Rebuilding work then came to an abrupt stop and the premises have been shrouded in plastic sheeting ever since.

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