Boosting Westquay’s total leisure and retail space to over 1m sq ft and marking an £85m investment in Southampton, the scheme has completely transformed the city’s leisure and dining offer. With its all new line-up of over 20 restaurants including Five Guys, Bills, Cau, Franco Manca, Byron, Nando’s, Casa Brasil, Cosmo and Red Dog Saloon, the scheme has provided a gateway for the brands into the city, a number of them choosing the scheme to open their first restaurants outside of London.
Currently 95 per cent let, the development also incorporates a Hollywood Bowl and a 10-screen Showcase Cinema de Lux, which opened its doors to the public for the first time on Friday 10th February. The cinema is a UK first for Showcase with its laser projection and Dolby Atmos sound technology in every screen. The cinema also boasts the South Coast’s largest XPlus screen and fully customizable electric recliner seat in every auditorium.
Designed by ACME, the development has regenerated an underutilised part of the city, bringing back to life the historic city walls that provide a unique backdrop for the scheme. Being able to attract such a strong tenant mix clearly demonstrates the strength of Southampton as a vibrant and growing regional city, offering brands a compelling opportunity to become part of a new landmark on the South Coast.
Hammerson CEO David Atkins said: “Completion of Westquay Watermark is an important milestone for the business, marking Hammerson’s first solely leisure-led development and the largest development of its kind in the UK. By utilising our skills and experience in delivering consumer-led destinations we have cemented Westquay’s position as the South Coast’s leading retail, dining and leisure destination, whilst also breathing life into a previously lost part of the city.”