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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.


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.


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

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.


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.


Jet Ski Safari Bikes Come to Ocean Village

Jet Ski SafariHave you ever wanted to take to the water on a jet ski? Well, thanks to a new venture by Solent Jet Ski & Ribs, coming to Ocean Village soon, you have the opportunity to do so. They’ve already had their floating dock installed (it’s over by Atlantic Close) and will soon introduce their SeaDoo Jet Skis to Ocean Village, ready to begin charters and training between 1st March until 31st October 2012.

Their jet ski safari days are the perfect way to get a taste for jet ski bikes. With an RYA certified instructor on hand to teach you how to safely drive your ski around the Solent you can visit many famous locations such as Cowes & Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, and the Needles lighthouse.


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.


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.


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.


Day Two at the Sports Boat and RIB Show

Exciting Show from AquaXThe weather can make or break an event like this and the day started off badly with cooler weather and sporadic showers. Thankfully the poor conditions quickly gave way to sunshine once again. When the sun returned so too did the crowds and the scene was set for a second great day for the Southampton Sports Boat and RIB Show.

Amazing and thrilling aquatic shows were again provided by the AquaX Jet Skiers, the Freestyle Asylum Jet Skiers and the Thundercat inflatable catamaran team. They repeatedly mesmerised the crowds as they demonstrated their skills and agility in the water.

Of all the exhibitors I think Suzuki warrant a special mention. Providing free RIB rides throughout the event they really did a great job of making the day one to remember. What a great introduction to powerboating. Their staff were warm and friendly and couldn’t do enough to keep everyone happy. When the rain came down they immediately rushed out with umbrellas for all those waiting in line. They helped everyone into their life jackets and made sure that people had appropriate outerwear when necessary. They gave people the most thrilling half hour RIB ride of their lives. And all the while they smiled and were clearly enjoying the day. Well done Suzuki – you did a great job.

Yet another fantastic day at Ocean Village Marina. Here are some pictures from day two.