Danish urbanist Jan Gehl, David Lock Associates and Urban Quality Consultants are to draw up a masterplan for Southampton City Centre
According to the local authority, the team will oversee proposals to ‘give Southampton a worldwide profile and reputation as a waterfront city’ and steer its development over the next 16 years.
The appointment of the team has been hailed as marking a new ‘era for the renaissance of Southampton’s city centre, with ambitious plans to set out a clear vision for its sustained growth’.
Among its aims will be to look at how the city will accommodate new offices, shops and leisure facilites and, potentially, the infrastuructre for a significant number of new jobs.
The new proposals will go out to public consultation alongside the City Centre Action Plan next year (2011) and could be adopted as planning policy in 2013.
Waterfront revamp proposals sought
Southampton City Council has launched a search for developer/architect teams to mastermind the revamp of the city’s Royal Pier Waterfront.
The council, Crown Estate and Associated British Ports own the site located between Eastern and Western Docks in the city.
Officials have told developers they want to produce ‘a world class waterfront, ensuring that Southampton Water becomes accessible for residents and visitors, and reconnects the city back to its waterfront’ and are asking bidders to assemble a full professional team including architects.
Key requirements for the winning design will be a permanent site for the International Boat Show, improvements to Mayflower Park and public pedestrian access to the waterfront area being enhanced.
Royston Smith, cabinet member for economic development, said: ‘Royal Pier Waterfront is a unique opportunity for prospective development partners, not only to become part of one of the most dynamic cities emerging in Europe, but also to create a legacy in Southampton for which they can be truly proud.’