Hammerson has announced the £85 million Southampton based leisure development, WestQuay Watermark, has reached a construction milestone by achieving full height of 30 metres, which was celebrated with a Topping-Out ceremony led by the scheme’s building contractor, Sir Robert McAlpine.
The scheme, which comprises 10-screen cinema, up to 20 restaurants and a high quality public plaza, is supported by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund and is making good progress since the groundbreaking in May 2015.
Attendees at the ceremony included Hammerson CEO, David Atkins, CEO of Southampton City Council, Daw Baxendale and Edward McAlpine, partner of the main contractor SRM.
Director of Retail Development at Hammerson, Robin Dobson, commented: “A huge amount of hard work from the onsite teams has got us to this stage, and with the launch of the South Coast’s new premier leisure and dining destination drawing closer, it is from this point forward that the scheme will really start to come to life.”
Edward and Sir Robert McAlpine, added: “We look forward to strengthening this partnership as we move into the next phase of this prestigious project.”
Chief Executive of Southampton City Council, Dawn Baxendale, concluded that the ceremony “Underlines another key landmark in Southampton City Council’s ambitious plan for economic and development within the city. Our ongoing partnership with Hammerson is continuing to radically improve the offer and reputation of Southampton.
“Residents and visitors to the city continue to benefit from the increasing level of investment. Attracting new commercial ventures to this innovative leisure and dining development will create new jobs and opportunities.”
A plethora of well-known restaurants have signed up to be a part of WestQuay, including Five Guys, Red Dog Saloon, Nando’s and Five Guys.
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