Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa and adjacent residential development achieves planning permission


Scott Brownrigg’s designs for the £25m Southampton Harbour Hotel at Ocean Village Marina and the adjacent residential and commercial development have been granted planning permission by Southampton City Council.

The scheme has been applauded by Southampton City Council who said:

“The development will significantly enhance the legibility and ‘sense of place’ of Ocean Village as one of the few locations in the city where currently the public can enjoy the waterfront. The hotel promises to lift the overall impression of Ocean Village with its strong maritime styling and a fitting venue for maritime events and celebrations, where one will be able to enjoy the waterfront from one of its many terraces. Much work has been put into the design of the residential block by the architects, and the resultant design is a well-mannered and a fitting response to a challenging set of constraints that will sit in harmony with the hotel and proposed development at Admiral's Quay”.

The permission has been achieved on behalf of Ocean Village Waterside Developments Limited, a joint venture between subsidiaries of Harbour Hotels Collection and MDL Marinas Group, Europe’s largest marina operator and was submitted by Savills.

Una Barac, Scott Brownrigg Director responsible for the scheme said:

“We are delighted to be delivering this high profile, landmark scheme. It has been a tremendous experience working with a highly reputable hotel operator to add another signature hotel to their impressive portfolio“.

Situated on 1.18 hectares of land adjacent to Ocean Village Marina, the development at Maritime Walk will assist in achieving the long term aspiration for Ocean Village - “to transform it into a new waterfront destination that will rival Portsmouth’s Gunwharf Quays”. 

The five-star Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa at Ocean Village Marina uses a ‘super-yacht’ inspired design to form a dynamic shape on the existing historic promontory, formerly known as the Princess Alexandra Dock, which projects 85 metres into the marina.

Surrounded by water, the landmark hotel will incorporate 76 bedrooms, a champagne roof terrace, waterside restaurant and a luxury 1,000 sq m spa with gym, indoor swimming pool and treatment rooms, along with 12 two- bed duplex dual aspect apartments with terraces and balconies. 

The spa, also available to non-residents on a membership basis, has been located to the landward side of the site, allowing the bedrooms and dining facilities to maximise the use of the waterfront. Sun terraces will utilise the southern façade, whilst the northern and western façades will deliver an interactive public frontage.

Within the entrance lobby, guest lifts will allow access to all floors and the rooftop bar. There will also be a feature staircase to the conference area on the second floor level.  A separate entrance and core will provide lift access to the hotel apartments. The spa will be accessed from both the guest room floors and the apartment levels.

The design also incorporates a vehicle drop-off and turning area at the hotel’s main entrance, with valet parking provided in the Ocean Village Car Park.

The hotel’s stylish, elegant design and crisp and simple horizontal form with fluid lines will reflect the waterfront, marine setting and the emerging buildings in the area and will use a nautical and maritime palette of materials, colours and forms, including a mix of aluminium profiling, with laminate panels as a feature and glass rain screens with profiled balconies and soffits.

Feature bronze coloured cladding panels and slatted screens will denote the private and more introverted functions of the spa, with anodised or powder coated aluminium or laminate panels achieving a smooth fluidity of curves to the entrance, terrace balustrading and roof form.

The adjacent, stepped residential development will be set on a single podium with residential blocks of five to nine floors above commercial space, which open onto a raised terrace deck overlooking the marina basin and the hotel. The raised podium deck will be linked to the pedestrian waterfront walkway, which provides a promenade through the whole marina.  The lifts and stair cores will provide access to the ground floor level, whilst the podium deck will be accessed by either steps or a ramp to ensure accessibility for all.

The approved mixed use development will incorporate 82 private apartments with a mix of two and three bedroom units, above three restaurants, and a marina office.  82 dedicated car parking spaces and cycle parking will be provided in the lower ground floor car park beneath the podium.

The apartment development will have a distinct architectural design, with well-mannered elevations that are elegant and refined, and will make use of repeating structuring forms that minimise competing forms with the hotel's design. It will use a simple palette of contrasting and high quality material, with the buildings defined by a precast reconstituted stone frame, infilled with bronze coloured, laminate rainscreen panels and window frames. The metal framed terraces will be timber decked with frameless glass balustrades. A fully glazed façade will face the marina to maximise waterside views. 

The approved proposals will also provide a series of public realm spaces which will create platforms for events, activities and public entertainment.  

Harbour Hotels Collection Chairman Nick Roach said  “A hotel on this site is a perfect fit for our portfolio and is an excellent complement to the existing marina.  We are committed to delivering a landmark hotel, spa and dining destination to Southampton”.

The development will start on-start in autumn 2012, with the hotel due to open in spring 2014