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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

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.


Clipper Round the World Yacht Fleet Returns on Sunday

Clipper Yachts at Ocean VillageA fun-packed day of free entertainment has been organised to welcome home the crew taking part in the Clipper 2011-2012 Round the World Yacht Race. After more than 40,000 miles at sea, and 51 weeks of ocean racing, Ocean Village is getting ready to celebrate the end of world’s longest ocean race in style.

Thousands of people are expected to turn out and welcome home the crew, made up of over 40 nationalities, who swapped their ordinary day jobs to take part in the world’s longest ocean race. The fleet of ten racing yachts set sail from Ocean Village, Southampton on 31st July 2011 and will arrive back in the marina for their Race Finish on Sunday 22nd July 2012 after nearly a year at sea.


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.


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.


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.


Clipper 11-12 Race to Come Home to Ocean Village

The end of July 2011 was an exciting time at Ocean Village as it hosted a four-day long festival culminating in the start of the Clipper 11-12 Race. Sunday 31st July was an emotional day for many as the families and friends of the participants gathered to say their farewells as each of the ten yachts set sail and headed over to the Isle of Wight to line up in readiness for the race to begin. You can read our full coverage of the launch event, and see pictures and video, on our dedicated Clipper Race page. It was a great event.

Well it seems that we may yet have more to come!

It has just been announced that Southampton City Council, MDL Marinas (who own and operate Ocean Village) and race organisers Clipper Ventures are preparing for the return of the fleet on Sunday 22nd July 2012 and they have once again chosen Ocean Village to host the event. It could have gone elsewhere and it was by no means certain that it would return to Ocean Village but the whole launch festival clearly impressed the organisers. Clipper Race Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said, “We anticipate another great reception when the fleet returns next July after its year-long circumnavigation. The crews are ordinary people who have done something extraordinary in taking on some of the world’s toughest oceans. They deserve a heroes’ welcome.”