Planning approved for Watermark WestQuay by ACME

Watermark WestQuay

Watermark WestQuayACME has received Planning Approval for its £70 million Watermark WestQuay development by Southampton City Council, forming Phase 1 of our consented masterplan for Watermark Westquay.
Watermark WestQuayThe leisure-led scheme was unanimously supported by councillors and will deliver a landmark 10 screen cinema, up to 20 restaurants and a major public plaza for the city. The design of Watermark WestQuay includes upper and lower promenades to mediate the level difference between the historic town and Western Esplanade, which will be lined with restaurants and cafes, with the leisure and cinema building set above.
Watermark WestQuayThe new public square located in front of the city’s historic wall has been inspired by the waterfront which bounded the walls prior to the land being reclaimed at the beginning of the 20th century and includes a waterfeature. The plaza will be used during the year for events such as open air cinemas, concerts and the annual boat show.
Watermark WestQuayFollowing approval of the application, works on site are expected to start on site later this autumn with Watermark WestQuay set to open in autumn 2016. The second phase of Watermark Westquay scheduled to include a hotel, a residential tower as well as leisure and office will be progressed to the next level if design concurrently.
Watermark WestQuayHammerson’s Development Manager, Guy Wells, said: “This site offers a unique opportunity to deliver an exceptional leisure & dining destination for Southampton. We have been encouraged with the level of support we have received on the scheme from stakeholders and we have worked hard with the council to create a scheme which is already generating strong interest from potential occupiers.”
Watermark WestQuayACME are the masterplanner & architect for Watermark WestQuay, working with AKTII for structure, Grant Associates for landscape and Barton Willmore as planning advisor. Source: ACME.
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