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  New Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa is now taking shape at Ocean Village

May 2017

The new Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa is now taking shape at Ocean Village – with the glass in place, the luxury liner inspired hotel is already transforming the marina with its unique design. 
On schedule for completion in late summer 2017, the final phase of the redevelopment is now underway, with doors officially opening in October 2017; introducing a new five-star standard Harbour Hotel to Southampton.
An iconic milestone for both the city and Harbour Hotels, the hotel will feature stunning contemporary design, alongside the Group’s award-winning restaurant and spa brands and the city’s most exciting new rooftop destination bar.
Making it one of the most desirable marina locations in the UK, the 85 bedroom hotel’s unique luxury liner inspired design will reflect Southampton’s thriving marine culture. 
On the ground floor, the award-winning Jetty restaurant concept will drift out onto an extensive outdoor terrace, featuring luxury relaxation pods to take in the marina views. A further large open plan lounge will provide the perfect setting for informal meetings and afternoon teas.
The top floor will feature ‘HarBar on the 6th’, a spectacular rooftop destination bar, with outdoor fire pits and a wood fired oven. Head here for great cocktails, relaxed dining and the most stunning sunset views.   
On the first floor, the hotel will feature the city’s most impressive events space – perfect for weddings, meetings and events. With walls of glass to soak up the marina views, the hotel’s exclusive function space will feature stunning contemporary design and capacity for up 200 guests. There will also be a number of smaller, flexible spaces featured alongside, all set in contemporary and stylish surroundings.
With the Group’s unique spa brand established across its hotels, expect luxury facilities alongside indulgent treatments; to include an indoor pool, sauna, steam room, hydrotherapy pool and relaxation areas. Locals will enjoy membership options, with full use of the spa, fitness classes and exclusive offers.
Creating local jobs and driving tourism, this is an exciting time for both Harbour Hotels and Ocean Village; making it  a destination of choice for both locals and visitors to the area.
Booking information: 
Rooms from £145 B&B 
0238 110 3456
For further information please contact: 
Victoria Rose 
Brand & PR Manager
T: 01202 400 975
M: 07803 272125

  Southampton's historic centre set for revival as multi-million pound redevelopment approved

January 2017

SOUTHAMPTON’S historic Bargate area is set to be revived after ambitious multi-million pound redevelopment plans were approved by city planners.

Last night Southampton City Council planning and rights of way committee gave the green light to the project which will bulldoze the failed Bargate Centre, opened in 1989, and replace it with a “terraced garden street” linking the 12th century Bargate monument to Queensway.

The new pedestrianised street would be 15m wide and run parallel to East Street and Hanover Buildings.

It would incorporate a section of the old city walls and has been designed by architects Corstophine and Wright “to imitate the character of the gardens which were historically located along the wall”.

Missing sections of the historic wall south of Polymond Tower would contain seating, lighting columns and artwork.

The new boulevard would also include cafes and kiosks with outside seating.

Speaking at last night’s meeting, councillors signalled their support for the plans.

Planning chair Mike Denness said that although there was an “element of risk” in all regeneration schemes, the Bargate Centre has become a “bit of a blot” on the landscape of the city.

He added: “I very much support the opening up the part of town – regeneration is desperately needed and vital.”

Cllr Denness also hailed the project as “good for the area”.

One note of concern was raised by Stephen Barnes-Andrews, who said the council was “seemingly unable to deliver any social housing”.

Mr Barnes-Andrews said there is a “great need” for accommodation in Southampton for people working, and urged the council to revisit the matter because it was “missing opportunities”.

Councillor Les Harris echoed Cllr Barnes-Andrews’ views, adding that the city was “severally lacking” some plots for affordable housing.

He added that aside from that, he supported the scheme.

Councillor Matthew Claisse supported the project’s potential impact on tourism, adding that the scheme would link the Bargate area to its historic walls.

Cllr Claisse also said the development was a “huge improvement” on the existing site, and he supported it because it was “fundamentally ambitious” and “good for the city”.

The plans were put forward by Tellon Capital, the company which owns Bargate Property Ltd, and architects Corstophine and Wright.

During the meeting, James Burchell, partner at Tellon Capital, said the plans would help “rebalance the city” around the Bargate quarter.

The Bargate itself would become the central point of a cross running east west from Debenhams to Westquay and north south from Above Bar to the QE2 Mile.

Mr Burchell said the project would see the area transformed into a “thriving environment” with a mix of retail, residential, student and leisure, adding: “This is a place where people will want to be, where they will be excited to spend time, a place where people want to explore past, present and future.”

Mr Burchell said he anticipated that 700 jobs would be created during construction and more than 280 jobs once the scheme is completed.

He also predicted the scheme would bring an extra an additional local expenditure of more than £5 million per year.

“We are hoping that many of the jobs will be filled by local contractors while we are developing,” he said. “This will create local jobs whilst creating an environment where people will want to come and spend time.

“We want to be proud of what we have achieved, we want to make Southampton proud and to ensure that we create a place where people will want to be today and tomorrow whilst enjoying the heritage of yesterday.”

Speaking after the council’s decision, Mr Burchell said: “This decision is an important step in regenerating this area of Southampton.

“The Bargate Quarter is going to rejuvenate an area fundamental to the history of the city and transform this space into a vibrant new neighbourhood.

“We are delighted that the time spent in ensuring the plans reflect the aspirations of Historic England, the local community and the council itself has been recognised and we are grateful for this support. We are now looking forward to delivering this vision.”

Mr Burchell had previously said that work on the new scheme would start in the summer of 2017 and would take two years to complete.

Simon Reynier, representing the City of Southampton Society which preserves and protects the built heritage of the city, said that while the group welcomed the application, it still reserved concerns, particularly about financial viability of the scheme.

“Should the development not be completed or achieve full occupation, the area could deteriorate to the detriment of the city,” said Mr Reynier.

He also said the society harboured concerns that if full occupation was not obtained, the area could “deteriorate quite rapidly”.

Fact files What the development will include:

• 152 private flats (63 x one bedroom and 89 x two bedroom)

• 80,000 square feet of shops with five commerical kiosks

• Accomodation for 451 students

• New buildings ranging in height from four storeys to nine storeys

• 147 parking spaces (110 retail, 37 residential, 0 student parking)

What will be demolished

• Bargate Shopping Centre and multi-storey car park

• 77-101 Queensway

• 25 East Street

• 30-32 Hanover Buildings

• 1-16 East Bargate

• 1-4 High Street (excluding frontage)

 Source: Daily Echo

  Spectacular light show to mark first restaurant openings at WestQuay Watermark

December 2016

To mark the opening of the first wave of restaurants, WestQuay Watermark will be hosting a weekend of festivities on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December in the scheme’s stunning new public plaza, The Esplanade.

As well as being able to dine in a number of Southampton’s brand new restaurants, the official opening celebration will treat visitors to the launch of ‘Luminate Southampton’, a light show that begins with a parade through the city followed by a spectacular light projection onto the historic city walls in The Esplanade.

Starting at 3pm on Saturday 10th December in Guildhall Square, the light parade will be a magnificent display of drummers, giant birds and marching bands. Students from Southampton University will be taking part, 100 children from local primary schools will be carrying homemade lanterns and visitors can enjoy a performance from Love Soul Choir.

Following the parade, the digital light show will begin at 6pm in The Esplanade, projecting scenes of Southampton through the ages onto the city walls. Visitors will be able to see these projections again from Sunday 11th through to Thursday 15th December, starting at 5pm, running for 7 minutes every hour, until 9pm each evening. Supported by Government’s Regional Growth Fund, The Esplanade is a new area of public realm that will become a vibrant focal point for the city and will host a series of over 100 spectacular live events.

Throughout the weekend, the public will also have the opportunity to get involved in a whole host of other activities taking place in the Esplanade. Entertainment will include face painters and a glitter station for children, and live acrobats, ballet dancers and hip hop dance troupes to delight the whole family. A lookalike Heston Blumenthal stilt act will also be on hand to welcome the new restaurant line-up.

Restaurants will be open to the public from Thursday 8th December. These include CAU, The Real Greek, Red Dog Saloon, Franco Manca, Thaikhun, Byron, Cabana and COSMO. Further openings of the remaining restaurants, Hollywood Bowl and Showcase Cinema de Lux will continue throughout December and early next year.

Andy Collyer, General Manager of Westquay, said: “We are really looking forward to celebrating this significant first opening with the public by hosting a series of fantastic events. Already the region’s leading retail destination, the addition of the development’s all new dining and leisure line-up will cement Westquay as the go-to destination on the South Coast.”

To find out more about Luminate Southampton and what's happening at WestQuay head to

  Enfields Sponsor New Local Football Team

November 2016

AFC Forestside are a new team to the Southampton league, formed by Sam Binnington and Mitchell Holmes. They decided after giving up football in their teenage years, it was time for their friends to get out there and start playing football again.

The decision to start the team was made over a quiet night in the pub, and the team comprises a mixed group, with players form retail and sales, and also including a handful of data analysts, recruitment consultants, IT technicians and refinery workers amongst other walks of life.  

With the hard work and dedication of Sam, Mitchell, Tom Perry and Sam Vidler along with the help of Enfields, the club got up and running and have entered the Southampton Junior 6 division where their aspirations for the season as not only promotion, but to win the league!

  Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa on target to open in 2017

November 2016

The Mayor of Southampton, business leaders and dignitaries headed to the rooftop of the new Southampton Harbour Hotel today, to celebrate the milestone progress of the exciting new development.

The final phase of the redevelopment of Ocean Village is on schedule for completion in 2017, introducing a five-star standard Harbour Hotel to Southampton. Making it one of the most desirable marina locations in the UK, the hotel’s unique luxury yacht inspired design will reflect Southampton’s thriving marine culture.

Mike Warren, Managing Director of Harbour Hotels, said of the development: "We are delighted that our new Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa is on course for opening in 2017. We are very confident that the hotel, award-winning Jetty restaurant concept, luxury Harbour Spa and flexible function spaces will provide a fabulous addition to the city."

Nicolas Roach, Chairman of Nicolas James Group who are managing the development, said: "We are very excited that our luxury development scheme is set to open summer 2017; our new five start Harbour Hotel and Alexandra Wharf apartments will complete Ocean Village and seal its reputation as the finest location in the city to live and work."

Heading up construction of the hotel is leading construction company Bouygues UK. Speaking of the luxury development, Darren Gill, Bouygues UK Managing Director for the South said: "Ocean Village has revitalised this part of Southampton and we are very proud to be part of such an important development. Reaching this stage of the overall scheme is a fantastic milestone in the city’s regeneration programme and we are pleased to be making such good progress in a city which continues to be a strong and important market for us."

Set to include 85 bedrooms, the hotel will feature an indulgent Harbour Spa, with gym and swimming pool, along with the Group’s award-winning Jetty restaurant concept and a luxurious rooftop Champagne Bar.

Headed up by Chef Patron Alex Aitken, The Jetty brand successfully champions sustainable, local sea food, with a series of accolades to support this; most recently as the ‘UK’s Seafood Restaurant of the Year 2016".

The ground floor is set to include a large open plan lounge for informal meetings and afternoon teas, as well as a number of flexible meetings and events rooms. Businesses will benefit further from use of these exclusive spaces, all set in contemporary and stylish surroundings.

The hotel’s rooftop will boast a second restaurant, complete with an extensive terrace, premium Champagne bar and spectacular views across the marina.

With the Group’s unique Harbour Spa brand established across its hotels, expect luxury facilities alongside indulgent treatments. Recently described by Harper’s Bazaar magazine as "world-class", the brand will now feature at the Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa; to include an indoor pool, sauna, steam room, hydrotherapy pool and relaxation areas. Locals will enjoy membership options, with full use of the spa, fitness classes and exclusive offers.

Creating local jobs and driving tourism, this is an exciting time for both Harbour Hotels and Ocean Village. Attracting new visitors and driving footfall for locally based companies based, the hotel will no doubt add value and desirability to the area.

  Proposals submitted by developer for Lower East Street Area

August 2016

Plans to transform the area have been submitted to Southampton City Council for consideration. The application, if given the go-ahead, will provide a mixed use scheme on the site of the former Tuned In shop and adjacent premises, opposite Debenhams on lower East Street. The plan for 116 apartments and 2 ground floor commercial units, by regeneration specialists Hampshire & Regional Property Group, has come forward following extensive pre-application discussions with council officers and community stakeholders.

Following a Private Rented Sector model and targeted at young professionals, the attractive building would revitalise a tired site, reinforcing the strong street frontage and give an active commercial presence to lower East Street and Queensway.

Joining one of several redevelopment projects either proposed or underway along Queensway and the surrounding area, the proposals designed by award winning HGP Architects see the main body of the building stand at 5 storeys in height, respecting both the Debenhams building and Eighteen East opposite, with a landmark tower element located on Orchard Lane at 11 storeys. Contemporary in design, all apartments would benefit from a private balcony, with proposed materials designed to be durable and attractive. The existing mature trees on Queensway would be retained offering screening to the site and help to maintain the Green Mile streetscene which runs from Hoglands Park to Queens Park.