Exciting restaurant names such as Jamie’s, Wahaca, Byron and Five Guys could be among the mouth-watering mix being served up as part of the new Watermark WestQuay development.
That’s the latest news coming from Hammerson’s Head of Speciality Leasing Sarah Fox.
While she can’t be drawn on specifics at this stage, she was delighted to confirm the positive response they have received so far.
“There is not a restaurant operator that we have approached who doesn’t see this as a fantastic opportunity.
“We are talking to London-based restaurants who are keen to come out of the capital and they are seriously looking at Southampton,” explained Sarah.
Until now Southampton has struggled to attract the major restaurant chains but Hammerson say all that is set to change with the development of Watermark WestQuay.
“Most cities have a quarter where you will find restaurants but Southampton doesn’t have that. It has been unable to attract the big restaurant players because there has been no obvious place to put those restaurants.
“Watermark will deliver a fabulous leisure focus and restaurant offer for those living in and around Southampton,” confirmed Sarah.
The first phase of Watermark WestQuay will see a landmark cinema building, up to 20 restaurants and additional retail space, alongside newly created public space in front of the city’s medieval town walls.
Guy Wells, Development Manager for Hammerson, explained the new public space would help to really bring Watermark WestQuay to life.
“We will be looking at having events utilising the new public realm and we want to make the new spaces attractive places for flexible activity including markets and outdoor music events,” said Guy.
The cinema operator ill be signed shortly and Hammerson is confident the new leisure destination offering will place Southampton in the top tier for cinema audiences.
“We fundamentally believe what we are offering at Watermark WestQuay will attract more people to Southampton and put the city in the top 5 for the most visited cinemas.
"Ensuring the development sits sympathetically with the city’s medieval town walls has been a key consideration for Hammerson.
“The town walls are a fantastic backdrop for our scheme and we have worked extensively with Southamton City Council and English Heritage to ensure the design and innovative layout complements the walls." Guy Confirmed.