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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.


The Moresby Tower at Admiral’s Quay goes on sale

Admiral's Quay, September 2014

Admiral’s Quay, September 2014

Apartments at Southampton’s newest and tallest residential building go on sale tomorrow, Saturday 27th September. The release of the first phase of units in the 26-storey Morseby Tower marks an exciting point as the development edges nearer to completion. The developer has clearly been making steady progress in recent weeks. If you have walked past in recent days, you will have seen bronze panels and pre-fabricated balconies flying up into the sky at quite a rate!

From the news release:

The Moresby Tower will be released in phases. At this stage, no other plots other than the ones on the price lists will be available to reserve.

For those of you who will be attending the launch tomorrow and looking to reserve, you will be provided with a number when you enter the Admirals Quay Marketing Suite. When a sales consultant is free, your number will be called and we will be able to confirm current availability.

To reserve an apartment at Admirals Quay a £1,000 reservation fee is required. All of the apartments up to £600,000 are available to buy on the Help to Buy scheme (subject to qualifying criteria). The Help to Buy reservation fee is £500.

As soon as your solicitor is in receipt of the draft contract, then there is a deadline of 28 days for you to exchange contracts. You will be given 10 days working notice for completion. Apartments in The Moresby Tower are due for completion early 2015.

The Moresby Tower contains 120 one, two and three bedroom apartments, with prices starting from £142,500. Many of the apartments have stunning views across the marina and the city. The building’s other features include a communal gym, private gardens and a concierge service.

You can read more about the apartments which are going on sale tomorrow in the The Moresby Tower Plan Book and Price List (v1).

Other News

New residents actually started to move in to The Blake Building, the first of the three buildings to be completed, a number of weeks back. There is still no news on who might be occupying any of the commercial units, but we will bring these announcements to you as we hear them.

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.


What is to happen to the Continental Booking Office?

Is the Continental Booking Office about to be demolished?

Is the Continental Booking Office about to be demolished?

We have noticed in recent days that the historic Continental Booking Office building – which was previously home to Vikki Pink Beauty and Mocha Marina Coffee – has been enclosed with wire fencing. We have known for a while that it was due to be demolished to make way for the Admiral’s Quay Phase 2 development. However, we have not heard anything recently from either MDL Marinas or Allied Developments (the developer) about the status of the development. We have reached out to both to see if there is any more information to relay to residents, but so far we have had no response. It came as something of a surprise to see it enclosed in fencing immediately after the Clipper event.


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.


Taking Admiral’s Quay to New Heights

Admiral's Quay Consultation - Board CA planning application for what would be Southampton’s tallest building has been submitted to Southampton Council and, if approved, it’s to be built right here at Ocean Village.

The BBC News website reports that:

Allied Developments wants to build the residential 28-storey tower, with 299 homes, at the city’s Ocean Village Admiral’s Quay site. The £74m scheme marks the final element of the area’s regeneration and also includes two other smaller blocks. The developer said it has already consulted with residents and expected a planning decision by early 2012.

It is thought the project could bring up to 200 jobs to the city. Leader of the Conservative-led council Royston Smith said: “This is a great boost for Southampton’s waterfront and will bring further life to Ocean Village and valuable jobs to the city. ”I am confident this will have a positive impact on the area, becoming a catalyst for further investment in the future.” Peter Morton, from Allied Developments, said: “The tallest residential tower will act as a landmark and will be the beginning of a new skyline for the city of Southampton.”


Developer Presents Concepts for Admiral’s Quay

People At the Admiral's Quay Consultation -2The public consultation on the future of the Admiral’s Quay development started today with a presentation of conceptual ideas at the Mocha Marina Coffee Shop.

When the original Admiral’s Quay project stalled in 2007, prior to phase two commencing, the “temporary” hoardings surrounding the site quickly became a permanent fixture and an Ocean Village eyesore. When Allied Developments purchased the site earlier this year councillor Royston Smith, leader of Southampton City Council, said that “We hope to see them moving in as quickly as possible and are pleased another local developer is keen to bring further economic growth to Southampton”. From what we have seen today it would appear that both the architects (HGP) and the developer are equally keen.


Admiral’s Quay Public Consultation

Admiral's Quay Consultation Leaflet - Front Side A public consultation on the future of Admiral’s Quay is to take place on Saturday 4th June between 9.30am and 5.00pm at the Mocha Marina Coffee Shop. Allied Developments, who recently purchased the derelict site from Barratt Homes, will be discussing the previously postponed Phase 2 development of Admiral’s Quay.

Leaflets advertising this event have been placed in Mocha Marina Coffee and have also apparently also been sent out to all properties within the Ocean Village Marina. At the time of writing I have not received this leaflet in my mailbox and would be interested to hear if anyone else has.


The Future of the Admirals Quay Development is Secured

The future of a major planned development in Southampton has been secured.

The Admirals Quay development in Ocean Village will include new apartments, retail and restaurants, creating new jobs and investment in the popular harbour area.

Southampton City Council was delighted with the news that Barratt Homes has sold the site to Southampton based Allied Developments, who will now take the development forward.


Rescue of Admiral’s Quay Development?

What Ocean Village was meant to look like

THE boss of the Carphone Warehouse has ridden to the rescue of an abandoned flagship development in Southampton.

Barratt Homes has sold its waterfront Admiral’s Quay site to Southampton based Allied Developments.

Just three of a planned row of five blocks of flats and two of up to ten restaurants and bars have been built at the Ocean Village development.