Royal Pier, Southampton

Creating a world class waterfront for Southampton


The Royal Pier in Southampton once provided a destination in the city and a vantage point from which to gaze over the world’s largest liners as they set off towards distant lands. The pier is now dilapidated and access to the waterfront is restricted by port operations.

World-class waterfront

Working with Morgan Sindall Investments Limited, Southampton City Council, Associated British Ports, the Red Funnel Group and the National Boat Show, we prepared a masterplan that would re-establish Southampton’s connection to the water and create a world-class waterfront for the city.

The plan involves reclamation of over five hectares of land from the sea and the creation of a sheltered inlet around which development is focused. The adjacent Mayflower Park will be extended to provide a site for the International Boat Show and Red Funnel Ferries will be relocated to a more efficient site to the east. The masterplan led to Morgan Sindall Investments Limited signing a developer agreement with the City Council and securing outline planning consent.




Morgan Sindall Investment Limited




Urban Initiatives Studio
Davis Langdon
Terence O’Rourke
Lambert Smith Hampton


April 2011 - December 2011


Consensus with all stakeholders on the masterplan
Developer agreement signed in early 2014
Outline planning consent