Future Southampton

📰 Centenary Quay nursery a step closer

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    Centenary Quay

The YMCA have signed an agreement to deliver a new local nursery that forms part of the next exciting phase at Crest Nicholson’s Centenary Quay riverside development in Woolston, Southampton.

The deal will see 108 new nursery places for local children aged 2-5 become available from September this year. It’s another step in the Centenary Quay re-development, which is seeing the delivery of 1620 new homes.  The second phase of 168 homes is nearing completion and together with the new nursery, 103 affordable homes are being provided alongside a new library and employment opportunities for local residents.


Debbie Aplin, Managing Director of Crest Nicholson Regeneration said,

“I am delighted that we have signed an agreement with the YMCA on the delivery of the new nursery. Once fitted out, local families will be able to use the facility and is another important step in the story of Centenary Quay. This part of Phase 2, which comes alongside new family homes and a new library, reflects the continuing dedication of all our development partners; the HCA, Southampton City Council, Local Registered Housing Providers Radian & Spectrum and ourselves, Crest Nicholson”.


Cllr Warwick Payne, Southampton City Council Cabinet Member for Housing and Sustainability said,

“The agreement to open the new nursery is welcome news as new families are arriving all the time in Woolston and we need to ensure nursery places keep up with that growing demand.

“Along with the new library which is under construction next door, I’m delighted that the community facilities at Centenary Quay are starting to take shape.”


Peter Cooper, YMCA Children’s Work Director said,

“We are excited to be able to expand our inspiring childcare into this part of Southampton and are glad to be playing our part in the regeneration of Woolston. This year the YMCA will create up to 60 new childcare jobs, the bulk of which will be at Centenary Quay.  This has got to be good news for the local economy.”


Kevin Bourner, Head of Area at the Homes and Communities Agency said,

“Hundreds of families have already moved into the homes built as part of the exciting Centenary Quay development and the new nursery is another important milestone in the on-going success of this vital regeneration project.”


Barbara Compton, Head of Development, Economy and Housing Renewal at Southampton City Council, said,

“The new jobs including 34 at the new nursery is very welcome which along with the homes and retail opportunities created by this £500m regeneration project is giving a boost to our local economy and encouraging on-going investment in Woolston both now and in the years ahead”.