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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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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

Ocean Village Hotel and Flats Approved

Proposed New Hotel - Up ClosePlans to build a hotel at Ocean Village have this week been approved by Southampton City Council (you can read more about the background of this development on our ‘Big Issues’ page). The 76 bedroom hotel, now being provisionally named as the ‘Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa’, will be built on the existing promontory at Ocean Village, the finger of land which protrudes out into the marina roughly in front of the Harbour Lights Cinema. It will also provide a spa, gym and swimming pool. The ground floor will include a large open-plan lounge, restaurant and bar area which will extend out onto a terrace at the end of the promontory, and up on top will be a ‘champagne roof terrace’. Twelve two-bedroom apartments will also be incorporated into the hotel building.

The second phase of the development will see the separate development of 82 residential flats across three buildings – six, eight and ten storeys high – being built on top of the existing surface car park. These flats will sit above an arcade facing the marina waterfront consisting of a mix of restaurants, cafes, shops and offices. A new marina office is also envisioned. Parking for the residents of this development will be located under the building.

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Planning Update on Ocean Village Hotel

Plans to build a hotel at Ocean Village were first proposed as far back as 2006 when an initial application was first submitted to the council for consideration. (You can read more about the history of this development on our ‘Big Issues’ page.) Back in January 2012 we reported that Harbour Hotels were looking to make it a reality and had submitted revised plans which would, for the first time, also include a residential development to make the entire scheme more viable. In response to this, the planning department at Southampton City Council, after first seeking comments from the local community, went back to Savills (who are handling the matter for both Harbour Hotels and Marina Developments Ltd (MDL)) with a number of issues requiring further consideration.

Savills have now responded at length to the matters raised and have submitted additional planning documents to support their planning application.

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New Planning Permission Sought for Hotel, Flats & More

New Hotel and Apartment Block From The Water

New Hotel and Apartment Block From The Water

Harbour Hotels have recently submitted a new planning application for a hotel at Ocean Village. Perhaps the most important thing to point out is that this is not simply a further extension of the original planing permission dating from 2006 and which was later extended in May 2011. This is instead a completely new proposal and it is different in scope. Consequently, if you think you know what is being proposed you may be surprised by how different the two proposals are.

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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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Roadworks Start On Ocean Way

Roadworks on Ocean Way

Roadworks on Ocean Way

A word of caution for drivers that use Ocean Way. Roadworks started today to raise the manholes and drain gulleys ahead of a road resurfacing which will apparently take place next week. At the moment, manhole covers are up on the stretch of Ocean Way from the Ocean Car Park, past OVIC and Splash (Sapphire Court) towards Atlantic Close and Pacific Close. So please drive carefully to avoid damage to your car and be aware that there will be both open and raised manholes until the works have finished.

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Preparations Begin for the Clipper Round The World Race

2011 Clipper Race PosterOn Monday the surface car park was shut to the public (please use the Ocean Car Park on Ocean Way if you are visiting) and, since then, Ocean Village has been a hive of activity as preparations begin for the 2011 Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race. The flags and banners are now up, as is the VIP marquee on the Promontory. And today the food concessions started to arrive.

A look at the events timetable below will show you just how much will be going on between 28th and 31st July.

On Sunday the helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious will follow the competing yachts as they sail to the start line. Alongside and behind will be a flotilla of spectator boats as the parade of sail makes its way out of Southampton Water to the historic Royal Yacht Squadron line.

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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race at Ocean Village

Clipper Race on the OceanGreat news for Ocean Village!
Following hot on the heels of the successful Southampton Sports Boat and RIB show it has today been announced that the The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race will return to Southampton. Not only that, it will start from Ocean Village! This will undoubtably bring a lot of people here as well as the media and raise the profile of Ocean Village.

The following is an extract from the Clipper Round the World Press Release.

The Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race will start from the historic maritime city of Southampton on the south coast of England on Sunday 31 July 2011. At 40,000 miles the event is the world’s longest sailing race and will take the ten identical 68-foot ocean racing yachts almost a year to complete their circumnavigation of the globe.

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