Planning permission achieved for phase two of Centenary Quay redevelopment, Woolston


Southampton City Council has unanimously granted reserved matters planning permission for Scott Brownrigg’s detailed design for phase two of the redevelopment of the former Vosper Thornycroft ship building yard in Woolston, Southampton.

The practice was appointed by Crest Nicholson Regeneration to provide detailed design for phase two (£20m) and phase three (£75m) of the Centenary Quay masterplan.  The masterplan seeks to provide a total of 1,620 new homes, restaurants, community facilities, library, day nursery and retail and a 69,500 sq ft foodstore.  The approved phase two includes the new library, day nursery and 168 apartments with associated underground car parking.

Phase two is centred on a private residential courtyard, flanked by apartments to three sides, which are designed to Code for Sustainable Homes Level Three and benefit from the southerly aspect of the site. Careful consideration has been given to the existing shops along Victoria Road and the connection with the surrounding context and the privacy of adjacent properties.

The committee applauded the proposals, commenting “It is very exciting to see a high quality development progressing in such a positive manner in these economic times” and continued “ the new Library, together with the new day nursery will provide an important connection to the existing district centre and community within Woolston”.

Paul Hogston, the Associate responsible for the design said: 
“The team has worked extremely hard to achieve a reserved matters planning approval in a relatively short period of time, and look forward to seeing the scheme on site shortly, at an important milestone within the overall masterplan. We are delighted at the outcome of the planning committee and continue to develop our relationship with the planning and urban design team at Southampton City Council, demonstrating how communication and the development of strong working relationships, collectively help to achieve high quality design.  We are very excited for the future of the masterplan and look forward to submitting the detailed application for phase three in the very near future.”
Detailed design for phase three incorporates 330 residential units as well as a 69,500 sq ft food store, restaurants, leisure facilities and a two-storey basement car park for use by residents and the general public is due to be submitted shortly. The design for phase three is centred around two public squares and provides pedestrian connection to the waterfront.