News: 22 May 2017Two new Hammerson schemes set to open

Planners and Designers at Barton Willmore will this month see the delivery of two seminal retail schemes for Hammerson PLC, further strengthening this successful partnership.

The £85 million WestQuay Watermark extension scheme opened its doors last week, is set to completely transform Southampton’s leisure and dining offer, having attracted an all new line-up of over 20 restaurants to the city, and the most digitally advanced cinema in Europe. Now the UK’s largest restaurant and leisure complex, the development is a key project for the continued growth of Southampton, making WestQuay the region’s leading retail, dining and leisure destination on the south coast, which has a catchment of 1.3 million people.

The development has made use of a long redundant site, adjacent to the original WestQuay shopping centre, transforming it and the surrounding public realm, while reconnecting key historic aspects of the city through the site. WestQuay Watermark challenges the character and design quality of the western area of Southampton city centre, which has historically been characterised by vehicular-based retail warehouses. 

Alongside this opening, our team also await the opening of Hammerson’s £5.7 million upgrade of The Riverside at The Oracle in Reading, following the scheme's approval by Reading Borough Council in December 2016.

The designs created deliver a sequence of spaces to maximise the riverside location and will be delivered in two phases. Phase One, which is set to open this month, will include a new Pavilion and the reconfiguration of The Riverside’s terrace steps to create a larger public space that will be ideal for performances, kiosks and pop-ups. Phase Two will focus on delivering enhancements across The Oracle’s wider public realm.

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