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July August 2016 Marina World


WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENTS Transforming Ocean Village Ocean Village Marina is one of the most prestigious and renowned marinas in the south of England. Owned by MDL Marinas since the 1990s, it benefits from a superb location at the heart of Southampton Water. Over the past 25 years, the marina has been the subject of continued investment, and even more prestigious developments are scheduled to be completed in 2017. Much more than a marina Ocean Village is a perfect example of a mixed-use marina, residential, business and leisure development. It sits on traditional maritime territory at the mouth of the River Itchen - the original site of Southampton’s first working docks, which date back to 1842. It enjoys the dual benefit of sheltered waters and immediate city centre access. The basin, formerly used for commercial vessels, now offers 375 berths and is sufficiently deep to moor tall ships and superyachts up to 90m (295ft). It offers direct access to the Solent, making it a welcome home and visiting port for thousands of boaters each year, as well as being the base for a number of prestigious yacht races. Ocean Village is much more than a marina. Surrounded by shops, restaurants, cinemas and bars, it offers outstanding recreational facilities and is overlooked by the Royal Southampton Yacht Club. Benefiting from a number of prestigious waterfront properties, the marina is also home to several large companies with offices or regional headquarters in the complex. Developing the waterfront When MDL Marinas incorporated Ocean Village Marina and its residential estate into its portfolio of marinas in the 1990s, it had a vision - an ambitious plan to redevelop the waterfront sites all around the basin with the key objective of building on the success of the marina and creating a vibrant waterfront development. To that end, the company proactively sought to acquire the rest of the estate and then embarked on redeveloping the whole area while also operating the marina. MDL devised a master plan that balanced all of the potential uses and demands of a community by creating places to live, work, play and relax. This firstly saw the creation of new waterfront homes, as well as a multistorey car park. The construction of the modern parking facility was a prerequisite to cater for the increasing numbers of cars resulting from the various developments. The next consideration in the master plan was the provision of further commercial office space, with a particular focus on marine related research and development, technology and start-up companies. This resulted in the development of the Ocean Village Innovation Centre (OVIC), a 2,230m² (24,000 ft²) office building, which offers first-class serviced office space, meeting rooms and virtual offices for up to 60 people in a supportive community of innovative entrepreneurs. Sandra Ryan, property director at Artist’s rendering of the liner-shaped five star hotel and spa due to complete in 2017. 38 - July/August 2016

WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENTS MDL Marinas, commented: “Ocean Village Marina is a great example of a thriving mixed use marina estate. Residential developments in marinas can drive values by 20% or more in comparison with similar non-marine property and the residential developers of Ocean Village have benefited from this marina premium.” This is not a marina that stands still, and MDL is transforming it into a highly desirable marina location for residents, businesses, its annual berth holders and visitors. It is central to some exciting new developments including the tallest residential building in the city. Admiral’s Quay, an impressive development of 299 apartments was completed in 2015 and offers high-rise living with properties boasting beautiful panoramic views of the marina. The ground floor offers a number of new restaurants, bars and retail units. The final phase of the development, scheduled for completion in 2017, sees the opening of a new addition to the Harbour Hotel group with the launch of a five star hotel and spa. MDL worked with the specialist hotelier to develop the landmark building, which is designed to resemble a luxury cruise liner and will be sited on the promontory that extends out into the marina. The hotel will have a stunning restaurant and rooftop champagne bar, 65 bedrooms and a spa, along with 85 luxury apartments overlooking the Steak of the Art (above) and the Maritimo Lounge (below) are just two examples of the on-site bars and restaurants. marina, and a number of restaurants and retail outlets below. Detailed planning Right from the start of the project the MDL Marina Consultancy team has offered advice on the marina infrastructure, including providing a detailed investment plan to secure this first-class marina well into the future. This now calls for the development of a new configuration for the marina berths to meet the growing demands of MDL’s berth holders and marina visitors including superyachts. MDL’s in-house team worked closely with external partners to develop the strategy and master plan for the site – bringing to life the vision for the regeneration of the Ocean Village Estate. Speaking about the development, Alex Beere, head of MDL Marina Consultancy, commented: “The culmination of the ten year redevelopment at Ocean Village Marina is approaching and the end result is a really stunning waterfront development, comprising a perfect mix of residential, retail, leisure and marine facilities that will attract visitors to both the marina and the city. We are extremely proud of the development and hope it is enjoyed for many years to come by the city’s residents, visitors and our marina customers.” Facilities & Services • 375 berths • Max LOA: 90m (295ft) • Fuel (petrol, diesel) available at nearby Hythe Marina Village and Port Hamble Marina • Boat lifting and storage ashore available at nearby Shamrock Quay, Hythe Marina Village and Hamble Point Marina • Laundry facilities • Yacht brokerage • Bars and Restaurants: Banana Wharf, Maritimo Lounge, Bacaro, Steak of the Art, Pitcher & Piano, Chiquito Mexican, and Royal Southampton Yacht Club • Cinemas: Harbour Lights Picture House and Cineworld • 776 space multi-storey Ocean Car Park • Tesco Express (grocery/general store) • Electric vehicle charging • MDL WiFi - July/August 2016 39

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