Hammerson submits planning application for Watermark WestQuay (UK)

Hammerson has submitted outline proposals to Southampton City Council for its leisure-led development, Watermark WestQuay. The four hectare brownfield site in the centre of Southampton is immediately adjacent to Hammerson’s jointly owned 76,200 m² shopping destination WestQuay Shopping Centre.

The masterplan for the mixed-use scheme will be delivered in two phases with the first phase comprising a landmark cinema building, up to 15 restaurants and additional retail space, alongside newly created public space in front of the city’s historic walls.

The second phase has the potential to include a residential tower, a hotel, flexible office space, restaurants and additional public space.

Guy Wells, Development Manager for Hammerson, said: "Watermark WestQuay will significantly improve the town’s leisure offer and night time economy. We have been greatly encouraged by operators’ initial response to the scheme and hope we will be able to secure planning permission this year.”

Hammerson originally developed WestQuay shopping center which is anchored by John Lewis and Marks & Spencer in 2000. The center attracts 17 million consumers a year and recently launched Dining at WestQuay, a £6 million (approx. €7 million) food terrace extension which attracted Wagamama, Pizza Express, Café Rouge and Ed’s Easy Diner to the center.

Acme designed the masterplan for Watermark WestQuay and Barton Wilmore is providing planning advice on the project.

Source: Hammerson

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