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.

As part of the ongoing work to transform Ocean Village into Southampton’s premier waterfront destination, I am delighted to confirm that the development of a new 5 star luxury hotel adjacent to the marina will commence at the beginning of April 2015.

This exciting new luxury development will include 86 bedrooms with 12 luxury duplex apartments, as well as a health spa, gymnasium, swimming pool and a roof top restaurant run by a celebrity chef. The developers, the Nicholas James Group [sic*], own the Harbour Hotel Group, which also operates luxury hotels in Sidmouth, Christchurch, St Ives and Salcombe.

In addition to the hotel, three new residential towers will be constructed across the main western car park, comprising of 82 high-end residential apartments and 4 retail units.

The new hotel and residential development is due to be completed and ready to open in June 2017.

I appreciate that this next phase in the development of Ocean Village may cause some inconveniences in the short term. However, the addition of a top class hotel and all that it will bring to the site in the longer term will generate considerable benefits for all berth holders once completed.

We will do everything possible to minimise the direct impact on berth holders and will keep you fully updated at regular intervals throughout the development.

The following changes will be implemented when the new development commences:

Car Parking
The main western car park will close at the beginning of April and berth holders will need to park in either the multi-storey Ocean Car Park or the car park by Tagus House behind Harbour Lights cinema. Berth holders will be given access cards for the multi-storey car park and permits for the Tagus House car park; this will ensure berth holders are able to park in a suitable location. Some of the parking bays in the Tagus House car park will be for berth holder short term parking only. This will ensure that if the Tagus House car park is busy then berth holders will be able to unload their cars and then move to the multi-storey car park.

Trolley Points
New trolley points will be put in the Tagus House car park and in the multi-storey car park. Once you have unloaded your trolley please feel free to ring the Dockmaster who will return the trolley for you.

Refuse Disposal
Initially the refuse bins will remain in the same position by the promontory; we will let you know well in advance when they are going to be relocated.

Pontoon Access
Both access gates by Harbour Lights cinema will remain open but at some point during the construction the access gate by the promontory will need to be temporarily closed. We will inform you well in advance when this will happen. The access gate on the promontory going to E pontoon will also be closed so access during this period will be via the access gate by Maritimo Lounge.

– Letter from Marina Manager Debbie Burns

* The developer’s name is actually Nicolas James Group, see

We are not aware of MDL having communicated this to any homeowners on the estate, as of the time of writing. We are also not aware of any details on the relocation of storage containers on the promontory.

For a detailed analysis of the architectural plans and the latest revision of the planning application, visit our earlier news item.

Read our earlier coverage of the Harbour Hotel development