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A computer generated image of how Centenary Quay could look by 2024

A computer generated image of how Centenary Quay could look by 2024

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Politics and business reporter

DRAMATIC new images have been released to show how the £500m Centenary Quay development could look when completed over the next 12 years.

Computer wizardry has been used to show how Woolston ’s riverside will be transformed into a vibrant new part of the city.

Rising from the derelict 31-acre site of the former Vosper Thornycroft (VT) shipbuilding yard the £500m development will become home to as many as 3,000 residents.

Stepping down from a civic square, surrounded by new shops, bars and restaurants, the waterfront will be opened up to the public with a water taxi shuttling back and forth across River Itchen to the city centre.

Three apartment towers, up to 25 storeys high with penthouses costing up to £1m each, will dominate the riverside and create a new skyline for the east of the city.

More than 1,600 homes, mostly flats, are planned in total. A quarter will be for rent or shared ownership through housing associations.

Work has just started on the second phase of the Centenary Quay development, which will add 163 homes as well as a new library and 80-place nursery at the entrance from Victoria Road.

The homes are already being sold “off-plan” starting from £132,500 for a one-bedroom apartment, from £157,500 for a two-bedroom apartment and from £235,000 for a three-bedroom house.

Councillors last month gave the green light for a further 329 flats, the public square and a 60,000 square foot supermarket bringing 225 jobs. It is thought Morrisons is being lined up for the store.

It is expected this third phase of homes, which will start to be marketed next year, will take around four years to sell.

Developer Crest Nicholson will then bring forward plans for a block of 110 flats and the landmark waterfront towers as the next two phases of the development.

Planning permission for the towers will not be sought for at least five years.

Residents have generally welcomed the regeneration of the area although many remain concerned about the number of homes being built and impact of the extra traffic.

The Hampshire Chamber of Commerce says it will breathe new life into the existing Woolston district centre.

The city council and the Government regeneration agency that owns part of the adjacent site are also in talks with interested parties to revive a planned marine manufacturing quarter with deep water berths, set to create up to 700 jobs.

Plans for US superyacht builder Palmer Johnson to move onto the site collapsed two years ago in the downturn.

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10:49am Sat 4 Aug 12

chunky_lover says...

now all they need to do is knock down those awful tower blocks on weston shore.
now all they need to do is knock down those awful tower blocks on weston shore. chunky_lover
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10:59am Sat 4 Aug 12

SO50 Saint says...

The Woolston Ferry is returning :)
The Woolston Ferry is returning :) SO50 Saint
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11:00am Sat 4 Aug 12

hulla baloo says...

SO50 Saint wrote:
The Woolston Ferry is returning :)
Bring back floaters.
[quote][p][bold]SO50 Saint[/bold] wrote: The Woolston Ferry is returning :)[/p][/quote]Bring back floaters. hulla baloo
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11:14am Sat 4 Aug 12

Maine Lobster says...

chunky_lover wrote:
now all they need to do is knock down those awful tower blocks on weston shore.
And where exactly do those hundreds of families live when that happens?
[quote][p][bold]chunky_lover[/bold] wrote: now all they need to do is knock down those awful tower blocks on weston shore.[/p][/quote]And where exactly do those hundreds of families live when that happens? Maine Lobster
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12:08pm Sat 4 Aug 12

clare farmer says...

I'd love to see a complete shake up in the planning department. In addition to getting rid of all the fogey brained thinkers (long overdue in my view) I'd like my city to be more inclusive rather than exclusive... that waterfront was crying out for a public promenade stretching right down to Weston shore, providing a pedestrian and cycle link while allowing everybody to enjoy those fabulous views not just the lucky few in the tower blocks. What a boon to tourism in the area it would have been too... opportunity missed by the yawnmongers in our current planning department... next time, why not include local people in a meaningful way(not just lip service) from concept through to completion instead of relying on architects in their ivory(or glass) towers who have no real human interest in our city?
I'd love to see a complete shake up in the planning department. In addition to getting rid of all the fogey brained thinkers (long overdue in my view) I'd like my city to be more inclusive rather than exclusive... that waterfront was crying out for a public promenade stretching right down to Weston shore, providing a pedestrian and cycle link while allowing everybody to enjoy those fabulous views not just the lucky few in the tower blocks. What a boon to tourism in the area it would have been too... opportunity missed by the yawnmongers in our current planning department... next time, why not include local people in a meaningful way(not just lip service) from concept through to completion instead of relying on architects in their ivory(or glass) towers who have no real human interest in our city? clare farmer
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12:08pm Sat 4 Aug 12

saucernerp says...

Why would anyone want to pay a million pounds for a penthouse in the middle of the council estate that they have just created
Why would anyone want to pay a million pounds for a penthouse in the middle of the council estate that they have just created saucernerp
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12:10pm Sat 4 Aug 12

chunky_lover says...

Maine Lobster wrote:
chunky_lover wrote:
now all they need to do is knock down those awful tower blocks on weston shore.
And where exactly do those hundreds of families live when that happens?
Wherever they fancy!
[quote][p][bold]Maine Lobster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chunky_lover[/bold] wrote: now all they need to do is knock down those awful tower blocks on weston shore.[/p][/quote]And where exactly do those hundreds of families live when that happens?[/p][/quote]Wherever they fancy! chunky_lover
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12:51pm Sat 4 Aug 12

acid drop says...

saucernerp wrote:
Why would anyone want to pay a million pounds for a penthouse in the middle of the council estate that they have just created
why would anyone want to live in woolston ???????
[quote][p][bold]saucernerp[/bold] wrote: Why would anyone want to pay a million pounds for a penthouse in the middle of the council estate that they have just created[/p][/quote]why would anyone want to live in woolston ??????? acid drop
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1:23pm Sat 4 Aug 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

acid drop wrote:
saucernerp wrote:
Why would anyone want to pay a million pounds for a penthouse in the middle of the council estate that they have just created
why would anyone want to live in woolston ???????
Where do you live?
[quote][p][bold]acid drop[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saucernerp[/bold] wrote: Why would anyone want to pay a million pounds for a penthouse in the middle of the council estate that they have just created[/p][/quote]why would anyone want to live in woolston ???????[/p][/quote]Where do you live? OSPREYSAINT
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1:37pm Sat 4 Aug 12

insane saint says...

hulla baloo wrote:
SO50 Saint wrote:
The Woolston Ferry is returning :)
Bring back floaters.
http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=ul2DYr1iD
lw

the woolston ferry song
[quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SO50 Saint[/bold] wrote: The Woolston Ferry is returning :)[/p][/quote]Bring back floaters.[/p][/quote]http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=ul2DYr1iD lw the woolston ferry song insane saint
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1:55pm Sat 4 Aug 12

David Icke says...

Does anyone know if anything is being done to combat the overwhelming smell that drifts by from the nearby sewage plant? My mate brought one of these places last year and when we dropped him off the other day the stench was atrocious.
Does anyone know if anything is being done to combat the overwhelming smell that drifts by from the nearby sewage plant? My mate brought one of these places last year and when we dropped him off the other day the stench was atrocious. David Icke
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1:57pm Sat 4 Aug 12

joenice1 says...

acid drop wrote:
saucernerp wrote:
Why would anyone want to pay a million pounds for a penthouse in the middle of the council estate that they have just created
why would anyone want to live in woolston ???????
Woolston is really nice thank you!! The high street shops can improve but I moved here 5 years ago and really like it.
[quote][p][bold]acid drop[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saucernerp[/bold] wrote: Why would anyone want to pay a million pounds for a penthouse in the middle of the council estate that they have just created[/p][/quote]why would anyone want to live in woolston ???????[/p][/quote]Woolston is really nice thank you!! The high street shops can improve but I moved here 5 years ago and really like it. joenice1
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3:19pm Sat 4 Aug 12

saucernerp says...

I have lived in Woolston now for thirtheen years and love it.

But what they have done at the end of my street is create yet another social housing development.
I have lived in Woolston now for thirtheen years and love it. But what they have done at the end of my street is create yet another social housing development. saucernerp
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3:45pm Sat 4 Aug 12

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Those big round drums on the left it aint what I think it is!
Those big round drums on the left it aint what I think it is! Fatty x Ford Worker
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3:56pm Sat 4 Aug 12

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Ah hopefully the Woolston Warbler is returning!
Ah hopefully the Woolston Warbler is returning! Fatty x Ford Worker
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4:01pm Sat 4 Aug 12

Ginger_cyclist says...

David Icke wrote:
Does anyone know if anything is being done to combat the overwhelming smell that drifts by from the nearby sewage plant? My mate brought one of these places last year and when we dropped him off the other day the stench was atrocious.
Tell me about it, I live in Thornhill and sometimes the stench wafts all the way up if the wind is in the right direction, makes you gag.
[quote][p][bold]David Icke[/bold] wrote: Does anyone know if anything is being done to combat the overwhelming smell that drifts by from the nearby sewage plant? My mate brought one of these places last year and when we dropped him off the other day the stench was atrocious.[/p][/quote]Tell me about it, I live in Thornhill and sometimes the stench wafts all the way up if the wind is in the right direction, makes you gag. Ginger_cyclist
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6:28pm Sat 4 Aug 12

acid drop says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
acid drop wrote:
saucernerp wrote:
Why would anyone want to pay a million pounds for a penthouse in the middle of the council estate that they have just created
why would anyone want to live in woolston ???????
Where do you live?
upper shirley but i lived in woolston years ago
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]acid drop[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saucernerp[/bold] wrote: Why would anyone want to pay a million pounds for a penthouse in the middle of the council estate that they have just created[/p][/quote]why would anyone want to live in woolston ???????[/p][/quote]Where do you live?[/p][/quote]upper shirley but i lived in woolston years ago acid drop
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7:00pm Sat 4 Aug 12

Condor Man says...

clare farmer wrote:
I'd love to see a complete shake up in the planning department. In addition to getting rid of all the fogey brained thinkers (long overdue in my view) I'd like my city to be more inclusive rather than exclusive... that waterfront was crying out for a public promenade stretching right down to Weston shore, providing a pedestrian and cycle link while allowing everybody to enjoy those fabulous views not just the lucky few in the tower blocks. What a boon to tourism in the area it would have been too... opportunity missed by the yawnmongers in our current planning department... next time, why not include local people in a meaningful way(not just lip service) from concept through to completion instead of relying on architects in their ivory(or glass) towers who have no real human interest in our city?
ever thought of standing for council? you talk a lot more sense than a lot of them at the moment. At present the Itchen is only properly accessible at Riverside Park. It would be good for locals to have decent access to it.

Also, who's likely to move in the area? without a school like Thornden you'd never get an influx of professional people as you would in Chandler's Ford. The council's inability to properly develop suburbs over the past 60 years has resulted in Southampton getting poorer over time.
[quote][p][bold]clare farmer[/bold] wrote: I'd love to see a complete shake up in the planning department. In addition to getting rid of all the fogey brained thinkers (long overdue in my view) I'd like my city to be more inclusive rather than exclusive... that waterfront was crying out for a public promenade stretching right down to Weston shore, providing a pedestrian and cycle link while allowing everybody to enjoy those fabulous views not just the lucky few in the tower blocks. What a boon to tourism in the area it would have been too... opportunity missed by the yawnmongers in our current planning department... next time, why not include local people in a meaningful way(not just lip service) from concept through to completion instead of relying on architects in their ivory(or glass) towers who have no real human interest in our city?[/p][/quote]ever thought of standing for council? you talk a lot more sense than a lot of them at the moment. At present the Itchen is only properly accessible at Riverside Park. It would be good for locals to have decent access to it. Also, who's likely to move in the area? without a school like Thornden you'd never get an influx of professional people as you would in Chandler's Ford. The council's inability to properly develop suburbs over the past 60 years has resulted in Southampton getting poorer over time. Condor Man
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9:18pm Sat 4 Aug 12

georgetheseventh says...

Ha ha..your 'really' funny Matt..you didnt add that 'PIGS MIGHT FLY' bit..
Ha ha..your 'really' funny Matt..you didnt add that 'PIGS MIGHT FLY' bit.. georgetheseventh
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11:19pm Sat 4 Aug 12

Sir Ad E Noid says...

chunky_lover wrote:
now all they need to do is knock down those awful tower blocks on weston shore.
Bring on the thicko, yes you.
[quote][p][bold]chunky_lover[/bold] wrote: now all they need to do is knock down those awful tower blocks on weston shore.[/p][/quote]Bring on the thicko, yes you. Sir Ad E Noid
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4:24am Sun 5 Aug 12

Mowyjoe says...

just a shame that if you want to park there you hve to pay £150
just a shame that if you want to park there you hve to pay £150 Mowyjoe
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8:09am Sun 5 Aug 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

acid drop wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
acid drop wrote:
saucernerp wrote:
Why would anyone want to pay a million pounds for a penthouse in the middle of the council estate that they have just created
why would anyone want to live in woolston ???????
Where do you live?
upper shirley but i lived in woolston years ago
Don't know that area, what is it like, any student or immigrant problems?
[quote][p][bold]acid drop[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]acid drop[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saucernerp[/bold] wrote: Why would anyone want to pay a million pounds for a penthouse in the middle of the council estate that they have just created[/p][/quote]why would anyone want to live in woolston ???????[/p][/quote]Where do you live?[/p][/quote]upper shirley but i lived in woolston years ago[/p][/quote]Don't know that area, what is it like, any student or immigrant problems? OSPREYSAINT
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11:13am Sun 5 Aug 12

chunky_lover says...

Anything that prices out the lower orders can only be a good thing.
Anything that prices out the lower orders can only be a good thing. chunky_lover
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12:59pm Sun 5 Aug 12

fairdinkum says...

acid drop wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
acid drop wrote:
saucernerp wrote:
Why would anyone want to pay a million pounds for a penthouse in the middle of the council estate that they have just created
why would anyone want to live in woolston ???????
Where do you live?
upper shirley but i lived in woolston years ago
Upper Shirley? Land of the living dead. At least Woolston has some kind of spirit to build on.
[quote][p][bold]acid drop[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]acid drop[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saucernerp[/bold] wrote: Why would anyone want to pay a million pounds for a penthouse in the middle of the council estate that they have just created[/p][/quote]why would anyone want to live in woolston ???????[/p][/quote]Where do you live?[/p][/quote]upper shirley but i lived in woolston years ago[/p][/quote]Upper Shirley? Land of the living dead. At least Woolston has some kind of spirit to build on. fairdinkum
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8:09pm Sun 5 Aug 12

George4th says...

Condor Man wrote:
clare farmer wrote:
I'd love to see a complete shake up in the planning department. In addition to getting rid of all the fogey brained thinkers (long overdue in my view) I'd like my city to be more inclusive rather than exclusive... that waterfront was crying out for a public promenade stretching right down to Weston shore, providing a pedestrian and cycle link while allowing everybody to enjoy those fabulous views not just the lucky few in the tower blocks. What a boon to tourism in the area it would have been too... opportunity missed by the yawnmongers in our current planning department... next time, why not include local people in a meaningful way(not just lip service) from concept through to completion instead of relying on architects in their ivory(or glass) towers who have no real human interest in our city?
ever thought of standing for council? you talk a lot more sense than a lot of them at the moment. At present the Itchen is only properly accessible at Riverside Park. It would be good for locals to have decent access to it.

Also, who's likely to move in the area? without a school like Thornden you'd never get an influx of professional people as you would in Chandler's Ford. The council's inability to properly develop suburbs over the past 60 years has resulted in Southampton getting poorer over time.
"The council's inability to properly develop suburbs over the past 60 years has resulted in Southampton getting poorer over time"

A combination of Southampton's reputation for striking in the 70's and 80's together with poor Labour Council's killed off any serious business investment in Southampton. Southampton's existence is totally dependent on the NHS and the Universities.
[quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]clare farmer[/bold] wrote: I'd love to see a complete shake up in the planning department. In addition to getting rid of all the fogey brained thinkers (long overdue in my view) I'd like my city to be more inclusive rather than exclusive... that waterfront was crying out for a public promenade stretching right down to Weston shore, providing a pedestrian and cycle link while allowing everybody to enjoy those fabulous views not just the lucky few in the tower blocks. What a boon to tourism in the area it would have been too... opportunity missed by the yawnmongers in our current planning department... next time, why not include local people in a meaningful way(not just lip service) from concept through to completion instead of relying on architects in their ivory(or glass) towers who have no real human interest in our city?[/p][/quote]ever thought of standing for council? you talk a lot more sense than a lot of them at the moment. At present the Itchen is only properly accessible at Riverside Park. It would be good for locals to have decent access to it. Also, who's likely to move in the area? without a school like Thornden you'd never get an influx of professional people as you would in Chandler's Ford. The council's inability to properly develop suburbs over the past 60 years has resulted in Southampton getting poorer over time.[/p][/quote]"The council's inability to properly develop suburbs over the past 60 years has resulted in Southampton getting poorer over time" A combination of Southampton's reputation for striking in the 70's and 80's together with poor Labour Council's killed off any serious business investment in Southampton. Southampton's existence is totally dependent on the NHS and the Universities. George4th
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10:48pm Sun 5 Aug 12

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

You cannot beat a nice fresh smell in the morning can you!
You cannot beat a nice fresh smell in the morning can you! Fatty x Ford Worker
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1:18pm Mon 6 Aug 12

HerbertC says...

What's with all these ridiculous "artist's impressions" they always show for these developments? This one seems to have wiped out central Southampton and replaced it with a very attractive area of fields and countryside. Why not show it as it will actually appear??

It was the same with the artist's impression of the new hotel at Ocean Village. That had a fancy cruise liner in the background, pretty much where Harbour Lights Cinema and the Oceanography Centre is - at least half a mile from a cruise ship dock. And finally, the new Sea Museum had a sketch of people walking on attractive parkland opposite the new museum - exactly where the BBC building is!

Does no-one involved in these developments query this rubbish? At least make some effort to make it look how it will actually appear, not changing everything else into some fictional world just to make it look better.
What's with all these ridiculous "artist's impressions" they always show for these developments? This one seems to have wiped out central Southampton and replaced it with a very attractive area of fields and countryside. Why not show it as it will actually appear?? It was the same with the artist's impression of the new hotel at Ocean Village. That had a fancy cruise liner in the background, pretty much where Harbour Lights Cinema and the Oceanography Centre is - at least half a mile from a cruise ship dock. And finally, the new Sea Museum had a sketch of people walking on attractive parkland opposite the new museum - exactly where the BBC building is! Does no-one involved in these developments query this rubbish? At least make some effort to make it look how it will actually appear, not changing everything else into some fictional world just to make it look better. HerbertC
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12:17am Tue 7 Aug 12

picklepie0709 says...

is that the southampton wow factor....i remember years ago it was put forward to build a glass pier in the shape of a cruise liner all lit up at night with shops restaurants night club etc,would of been a big attraction...or buying the QE2 & turning into hotel & restaurant would of been amazing & people would of jumped at the chance to stay there...or better still build more **** shops n offices fab!
is that the southampton wow factor....i remember years ago it was put forward to build a glass pier in the shape of a cruise liner all lit up at night with shops restaurants night club etc,would of been a big attraction...or buying the QE2 & turning into hotel & restaurant would of been amazing & people would of jumped at the chance to stay there...or better still build more **** shops n offices fab! picklepie0709
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