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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

Notes from the Police Community Meeting

Police murder appeal poster in Ocean Village

Police murder appeal poster in Ocean Village

On the evening of Tuesday 28th August, over 120 members of the local community attended Hampshire Constabulary’s special community meeting to learn more about the recent murder investigation and have an opportunity to ask questions relating to the case. We apologise for the delay in writing up our notes from the meeting, but we wanted to still provide them here as a reference for those that were unable to attend.

Inspector Ryan Bartlett, Community Engagement Officer Andy Lai and the detective superintendent in charge of the investigation, Tony Harris, were on hand to answer questions from the community and reassure residents that this was a very unusual incident, and to publicly declare their own personal commitments to solving the case.

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Man charged over murder of pensioner at Ocean Village

Delia Hughes, the murdered Ocean Village resident and pensioner

Delia Hughes, the murdered Ocean Village resident and pensioner. Photograph via the Daily Echo.

A large part of Ocean Village was sealed off on the evening of Saturday 18th August as police investigated the murder of Delia Hughes, an 85-year-old Ocean Village resident whose body was found by relatives visiting her home in Atlantic Close.

ITV Meridian News reported on Saturday evening that Mrs Hughes was found at 7:55pm.  At this point, the Major Investigation Team were called in and a wide area was cordoned off in order to protect the scene and allow police to collect potentially important evidence.  An ambulance was seen leaving the scene shortly after 11pm on Saturday evening.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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£20,000 Robbery at Banana Wharf

Banana Wharf

Banana Wharf

The Daily Echo today reports on a robbery at the popular Ocean Village restaurant and bar, Banana Wharf. According to the Daily Echo:

A terrified restaurant worker was punched, kicked and threatened with a knife during a £20,000 raid on a Hampshire restaurant. Four balaclava clad robbers stormed into Banana Wharf as a staff member was leaving the building at closing time. She was bundled in to a kitchen and held there while the three other men went upstairs and confronted the 28-year-old assistant manager.

They ordered him to open the safe and he only complied after being set upon and threatened with a knife. After taking £20,000 in cash, they fled from the restaurant through the fire exit and are thought to have escaped in a vehicle.

Detectives have launched an appeal for witnesses to the incident, which left the victims with minor injuries and suffering from shock. It is thought the men may have used a white five door Land Rover or Range Rover style vehicle and police are also interested in hearing from anyone who saw this in the area.

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