The application site is in Southampton City Centre, in Bargate Ward at the southern edge of the central parks, with Queensway to the west and Houndwell Place to the north.
The site occupies a strategic location in Southampton’s city centre, a mile radius around the site includes landmarks such as the Central Railway Station, St Mary’s Stadium, Solent University and West Quay shopping centre.
The central parks are an impressive feature of the city centre and major destinations within the city.
The site is a 10-15 min walk northwest of Ocean Village and the Marina. There is a bus stop directly outside the site on Queensway and the nearby Vincents Walk bus stops serve multiple routes across the city and beyond.
The existing building is not listed, either locally or nationally and a review of the heritage significance of the existing building deemed it of low significance and not of special architectural or historic interest.
This is a complex site with several constraints. It also represents a fantastic unique opportunity to regenerate a redundant site with a development of exceptional quality.