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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

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

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.


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.


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.”


Clipper 2011 – Video of the Yachts Leaving Ocean Village

The Yachts all Lined up at Ocean VillageThe hosting of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race by Ocean Village has been a great success! Be sure to take a look at our dedicated Clipper 2011 page where you can view photos from the event.

If you didn’t manage to see the Clipper Yachts as they departed from Ocean Village, or perhaps you would just like to see it all again, then take a look at this short video. Watch each team as they slip away to head for the starting line at Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The world’s longest yacht race has started; next stop Madeira.


The Clipper Race Festivities End and the Yachts Set Sail

Clipper Yachts at Ocean VillageFour days of Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2011 festivities came to an end today and the race itself has now begun. It was a fantastic day at Ocean Village. The sun shone and huge crowds arrived to enjoy the entertainment and say goodbye to the yachts before they set sail. For many it was also an emotional day as the families and friends of the participants gathered to say their farewells. The crowds cheered and ships in the marina sounded their whistles as each yacht slipped off of their moorings. There was a great party atmosphere.