Why invest in Southampton?

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Southampton, located on the South Coast of the UK with a rich maritime heritage, has outstanding rail, road and air links and global maritime connections. Today, the city works hard to preserve and showcase its past while looking to the future with innovation, vision, and an inclusive perspective to enable opportunities for all that work and live here.

There is strong appetite for investment in Southampton which is demonstrated by three major schemes currently coming forward in the city. These three schemes alone represent over half a billion pounds (over £600 million) of private sector investment, redeveloping over 22 acres of the city centre and delivering:

  • 2,000 new jobs
  • 1,750 new city centre homes
  • Three new hotels and serviced hotel apartments
  • Major public realm and connectivity improvements
  • Over 525,000 ft² of new commercial space

1 Bargate Quarter SHOW

2 Maritime Gateway SHOW

3 Leisure World SHOW

This is just the tip of the iceberg of future opportunities for redevelopment and investment in Southampton. As part of the development of Southampton City Vision, our new Local Plan, we are conducting a Strategic Land Availability Assessment (SLAA). The purpose of the SLAA is to assess sites for all appropriate uses (i.e. housing, employment, mixed use) to inform our strategic site allocations. Two recent Call for Sites exercises resulted in 33 new sites representing over 135 acres of land being submitted by residents and businesses for assessment. Site assessments are currently underway and a draft version of the SLAA will be published alongside the Draft Plan with Options in 2022.

Find out more about why Southampton is a great place to invest:

The maritime sector SHOW

Medical facilities and research SHOW

Higher, further education and research facilities SHOW

A home for financial and professional service providers SHOW

Hospitality and tourism SHOW

The retail offer SHOW

Parks and public realm SHOW

Transport SHOW

UNICEF Child Friendly City SHOW

International partnerships SHOW


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