Future Southampton

📰 Enabling works to start on Harbour Parade

    • Watermark WestQuay: view of piazza

    Watermark WestQuay: view of piazza - Photo Credit: Hammerson/ACME

Essential road works are due to commence on Harbour Parade in Southampton on Monday 29th September 2014. These works are necessary to deliver the future development of Watermark WestQuay, Southampton’s major leisure extension which will boost the local economy and create a significant number of new jobs for the city.

The timing has been carefully coordinated with Southampton City Council to avoid additional disruption from major road works elsewhere in the city and the Boat Show.

Following discussions with various stakeholders the original nine week closure will now be reduced to only four weeks, to commence on 29th September 2014 and reopen on 25th October 2014, in time for October half term.  In order to achieve this we have reversed the method of working.
From 29th September works will commence in Harbour Parade from just North of the Carnival roundabout working South towards the Quays and then across the Quays car park towards Western Esplanade. The works within the Quays car park will run beyond the 25th October but will not interfere with the highway. Additionally during the road closure services surveys will be undertaken in Harbour Parade and trial trenches in order to establish exact locations of all services which will de risk the later works taking place after Christmas.
However, in January a further road closure period will be required in order to complete the works.  During this time the Carnival roundabout would function as normal.  Post Christmas the works will entail completing the services from the Carnival roundabout up to the M&S corner where we join into the existing services.
During both periods of road closure the car parks would operate normally, the exception being the Podium exit will be a right turn in lieu of a left turn and the Carnival roundabout flow will be compromised during the first road closure period.

The road closure has been minimised by combining all of the statutory utilities’ works (water, gas and electricity) into one programme.  Access to both WestQuay car parks and all service yards will be maintained at all times and a full programme of customer communication and signage will be put in place to minimise disruption.

Guy Wells, Development Manager for Hammerson said: "These works are essential to bring forward the delivery of Watermark WestQuay and we have worked hard with the utility companies to ensure that the programme is as short as possible, coming to an end before the important Christmas shopping period."

Regular updates will be available to customers, local residents and neighbouring businesses via the WestQuay website and social media channels.

For the latest on Watermark WestQuay please visit http://watermarkwestquay.com/