Take a wander around the centre of Southampton and there’s a real feeling of excitement, pride and optimism. It’s not just Marwell’s 150 zebra sculptures dotted around the city that are brightening up Southampton, it’s also the huge investment that’s beginning to re-shape and re-define this proud maritime city.
Southampton City Council has been implementing a master plan for a few years now and this investment is really starting to pay off across the City.
A good example can be seen in the emergence of the Cultural Quarter, featuring the recently renovated Guildhall Square. Visitors arriving by train are now greeted by a newly landscaped Station Quarter and Ocean Village is continuing to evolve, with more luxury apartments and a £36m five-star hotel complex being built.
The West Quay Watermark development is due to open later this year and will sit alongside the existing West Quay shopping centre. This family-friendly leisure complex will include shops, restaurants, a cinema and a fountain-filled public piazza, all nestled in front of the city’s historic walls. Once finished, the nearby Leisure World complex will then be demolished to make way for massive new conference centre and live venue. In the very latest plans revealed for the city there will also a £100m redevelopment of the Bargate Shopping Centre, which will feature boutique shopping, cafes and restaurants.
It’s not all about shopping, eating and drinking though! In addition to being a world-renowned sailing venue, Southampton also boasts a Premier League football team and a county cricket team with a test match ready stadium. Throw in the stunning Stoneham Golf Club at the top of The Avenue, The Quays swimming and diving complex and the Southampton Marathon and you have a City that’s on top of its game when it comes to sporting facilities and events. In addition, The Mayflower Theatre regularly hosts West End musicals, maritime enthusiasts are catered for by the SeaCity Museum and Southampton’s two universities are attracting young talent to the city from around the world.
The good news for homebuyers is that Southampton still offers incredible value for money. We don’t think this will be the case forever and prices are already on the rise as a result of savvy buyers looking to Southampton as a credible alternative to some of the more expensive towns and cities situated nearby.
With the ongoing investment, great motorway links, an international airport, fast trains to London and a reputation as the cruise capital of Europe, Southampton is well on its way to becoming the ‘Capital of the South Coast’. If you’d like to find out more about this up-and-coming city, please give us a shout!