Ocean Village, Southampton

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The Ocean Village marina

Ocean Village is a mixed-use marina, residential, business and leisure development on the mouth of the River Itchen in Southampton, on the south coast of England. Originally the site of Southampton's first working docks, the "Outer Dock" which opened in 1842, the area was redeveloped in 1986 and became the leisure marina it is today.[1] After experiencing a period of stalled development with the late-2000s recession, Ocean Village is now undergoing another series of major, multimillion-pound redevelopment projects. Current recreational facilities include a cinema, cafes, wine bars and restaurants.

The marina is managed and owned by Marina Developments Limited (MDL), a division of British-based Yattendon Investment Trust. The area, formerly used for commercial ships, offers 375 berths and the basin is deep enough to provide mooring facilities for tall ships and large yachts.[2] The Global Challenge yacht races started from here in 1992, 1996 and 2000, and the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race set sail from here in 2011. Ocean Village was also the base for the Royal Southampton Yacht Club until 2018.

A number of companies have offices in the complex, including PricewaterhouseCoopers. The marina is home to the historical building, Enterprise House, which was originally a dock warehouse and has now been converted into serviced offices.

Calshot Spit lightship[edit]

Between 1988 and 2010, the entrance to Ocean Village marina was the location for the former Calshot Spit Lightship (LV 78),[3] which formed a static attraction at the marina. This Trinity House navigation aid had guided ships entering Southampton Water from the western end of the Solent, coming around the low lying sand and shingle Calshot Spit. It was built in 1914 by J I Thornycroft shipyard in Southampton, and decommissioned in 1978. The lightship was removed on 3 November 2010 and taken to be restored at Trafalgar Dry Dock. The lightship was to become a "gateway attraction" at a new heritage museum called Aeronautica.[4] The plans for Aeronautica came to a halt in January 2012.[5]

Current facilities[edit]

  • Restaurants & Bars: Banana Wharf, Pitcher & Piano, Chiquitos, Bacaro, Maritimo Lounge and Steak of the Art.[6]
  • Cinema: Harbour Lights Picturehouse (including a fully licensed cafe-bar and patio)
  • Stores & Other Services: Blue Funnel Cruises, Tesco Express, Royal Southampton Yacht Club, Approved Boats

Recent and planned developments[edit]

Moresby Tower, the city's tallest building

Ocean Car Park[edit]

With space for 776 vehicles over six storeys, the Ocean Car Park was opened in 2009. It was awarded the Safer Parking Scheme ParkMark, an "acknowledgement of high standards of safety, security and quality".[7]

Splash and Ocean Village Innovation Centre (OVIC)[edit]

Linden Homes completed work to Splash, a mixed residential/commercial development with 130 apartments, and an "Innovation Centre", providing office accommodation for new "knowledge based industries", in 2011.[8]

Admiral's Quay[edit]

Following the economic recession which halted progress of the Admiral's Quay development upon the completion of its first phase, Barratt's Homes sold the empty Phase 2 site for £5.7m in 2011 to Allied Developments, a Southampton-based property development company. A planning application was filed with Southampton City Council in October 2011, highlights of which include a residential 26-storey tower, 299 apartments, and several new waterside bars and restaurants – all at a projected cost of £74m.

Harbour Hotel Ocean Village[edit]

Harbour Hotels, the operator of five hotels along the South Coast of England, announced their interest in late 2011 to create a mixed hotel/residential/commercial development on the disused Promontory and current surface car park. A planning application was filed at the end of December 2011[9] and construction work started in July 2014.[10]


  1. ^ "The History of Ocean Village". Ocean Village Southampton. Archived from the original on 30 January 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Ocean Village Marina". MDL Marinas. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  3. ^ "Trinity House LV No. 78 - Calshot Spit 1914 - 1978". Archived from the original on 9 August 2006. Retrieved 2 July 2006.
  4. ^ Bethan Phillips. "Landmark Calshot Spit lightship moved from Southampton's Ocean Village to Trafalgar Dock". Dailyecho.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  5. ^ "Southampton Aeronautica museum site is withdrawn". BBC News. 19 January 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  6. ^ "or better still, take a break, sit down for a while, relax and watch the boats as they sail in and out of the marina". Ocean Village Southampton. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Ocean Car Park". Archived from the original on 17 December 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
  8. ^ "Invest in Southampton". Invest in Southampton. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  9. ^ "New Planning Permission Sought for Hotel, Flats and More". Ocean Village Southampton. 23 January 2012. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Work to begin on Harbour Hotel at Ocean Village this July?". Ocean Village Southampton. 29 March 2014. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2016.

External links[edit]

Media related to Ocean Village, Southampton at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 50°53′42″N 1°23′24″W / 50.895°N 1.390°W / 50.895; -1.390