Watermark WestQuay is an urban precinct and major new public space situated on reclaimed land, outside Southampton town walls.

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Project Details

LOCATION: Southampton

DATE: 2010-2016

CLIENT: Hammerson

STATUS: Completed

SIZE: 24,800m2 GIA, Gross (Internal + External) Area: 27,685m2

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ACME: George Barer, Angel Barreno Gutiérrez, Xavier Bas, Michel Bosauder, Mark Broom, Monica Capitanio, Cristina Carbajo de Barrio, Molly Hibberd, Lizy Huyghe, Helen Lee, Elena Lledó Palomo, Eduardo López Solórzano, Friedrich Ludewig, Frederic Meurisse, Edoardo Milli, Marie Isabel de Monseignat, Dirk Mueller, Roberta Pari, Iria de la Peña, Charles Pigott, David Rieser, Aemilia Ross, Heidrun Schuhmann, Gemma Serra, Penny Sperbund , Ondrej Tichy, Naiara Vegara


AKTII - Structural Engineers

Hoare Lea - MEP, Acoustic, Sustainability

Grant Associates - Landscape

Waterman - Highways & Environmental

George Sexton Associates - Lighting

JGA - Fire

AHR - Cinema Architects

MTDRC - Interior

Scott Brownrigg - Interior

MOLA - Archaeology

RWDI - Wind

David Dexter Associates - Bridge Engineers

Brian Bulfin Associates - CDM

Barton Willmore - Planning

Sweett Group (now Currie & Brown) - QS

Gleeds - Project management

Southampton City Council - Planning/Building Control


Sir Robert McAlpine - Main contractor

Seele - Curtain Wall subcontractor (Pipes)

Lakesmere - Cladding & Roof subcontractor

Sterling Services - Precast Concrete Cladding

SHS - Bridge subcontractor

The WestQuay masterplan addresses Southampton’s historic role as a main thoroughfare for cruise ships and trade. During the course of the twentieth century the shoreline has become distanced from the local population, moving progressively further away from the medieval town walls that historically marked the waterfront, due in part to a series of port facilities and industrial buildings, such as the former Pirelli factory.

Phase 1 and 2 of Watermark WestQuay have been designed as the first steps in a plan to reconnect the city to the sea, embracing Southampton’s ancient maritime history. The overall vision of the masterplan will ensure that the new development bridges the level change that currently divides the site from the city centre, while maintaining protected views by splitting the scheme into distinct north and south projects.


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