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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.


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: 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

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.


Roadworks Start On Ocean Way

Roadworks on Ocean Way

Roadworks on Ocean Way

A word of caution for drivers that use Ocean Way. Roadworks started today to raise the manholes and drain gulleys ahead of a road resurfacing which will apparently take place next week. At the moment, manhole covers are up on the stretch of Ocean Way from the Ocean Car Park, past OVIC and Splash (Sapphire Court) towards Atlantic Close and Pacific Close. So please drive carefully to avoid damage to your car and be aware that there will be both open and raised manholes until the works have finished.


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.


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.


Arts Cinema Gets A New Coat Of Paint

The Harbour Lights arts cinema has, in recent months, been looking a little tired and rundown on the outside. After making it through last winter it was certainly in need of a new coat of paint. Being located adjacent to the newly built Splash development made the stained and dirty white paint all the more pronounced.

Harbour Lights Gets a New Coat of Paint

Thankfully it’s visual decline didn’t go unnoticed and during the last week the outside has been given a fresh coat of white paint. The building, designed by the architects Burrell Foley Fischer, has a very distinctive shape and is a prominent feature within Ocean Village. It is fitting then that some care should be taken to ensure that it is well maintained. As I write the renovation work continues but already the building is looking great.


Could the entrance to Ocean Village look better?

Ocean Village Entrance

Ocean Village Entrance

Is it just me or do you also think that the entrance to Ocean village could do with a revamp? In particular I just cannot understand why the council (or perhaps MDL) would position an ugly sign right in front of the logo. Surely that could have been positioned elsewhere and still have served the same purpose? I think that the entrance itself is a little bland and now that the Calshot spit lighthouse has gone, it all looks a little drab, but that signpost really annoys me.

Visitors to Ocean village have complained to me that there are no roadside signs guiding them towards Ocean Village. If the council intend to promote Ocean Village as a place to visit then perhaps this should be given some serious consideration. Some of those brown tourist signs on the main roads would be good. Visitors shouldn’t have to struggle to find the place.