Location: SOUTHAMPTON
Date: 2010-2016
Client: HAMMERSON PLC
Status: COMPLETED
Size: 24,800sqm GIA
Credits: ACME (George Barer, Angel Barreno Gutiérrez, Xavier Bas, Michel Bosauder, Mark Broom, Monica Capitanio, Cristina Carbajo de Barrio, Molly Hibberd, Lizy Huygh, 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, Luis Sacristan, Heidrun Schuhmann, Gemma Serra, Penny Sperbund, Ondrej Tichy, Naiara Vegara)

CONSULTANTS
AKTII - Structural Engineers; Hoare Lea - MEP, Acoustic, Sustainability; Grant Associates - Landscape; Waterman - Highways; Waterman - 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
Phase 1 of Watermark WestQuay is the first part of a major redevelopment of a key area within Southampton’s town centre designed by ACME. The new scheme contains a 10-screen multiplex cinema, bowling alley, 24 restaurants and cafés, and a new public plaza and esplanade. Created for Hammerson, Watermark sits adjacent to their WestQuay Shopping Centre, drawing the development towards the sea. A soaring cantilevered box wrapped in a skin of curving silver tubes projects out over the new square, signalling the development from the city as a hub of activity. 

The Masterplan
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.