Prestigious homes to be built on site of former city nightclubs

Hampshire Chronicle: Work begins on £5m apartment block Work begins on £5m apartment block

WORK has begun on a £5 million flats development on the site of two former nightclubs in Southampton.

Forty-four apartments will be built on the site of the former New York, New York nightclub and McClusky’s bar.

It is the first development to begin in a new market district which council chiefs hope will eventually span across Holyrood, Queen’s Park and Old Town.

The fruit and vegetable market project is one of seven schemes which council chiefs have identified as being vital to their city centre master plan.

The plan, which was unveiled earlier this year, is a blueprint of how they want the city to develop over the next 17 years, and will bring in £2.6 billion of investment and 23,000 jobs if it comes to fruition.

Now construction has begun on the apartment building in Queensway which. The flats will comprise 32 homes for affordable rent and 12 for shared ownership.

The homes, which will be operated by Raglan Housing, will include seven four-storey, four-bedroom town houses and a ground floor retail unit, and are being built by PMC Construction Ltd.

Construction work is expected to be completed within two years, and Labour city council chiefs hope the development will act as a catalyst for fresh interest in investing in the new market district.

Warwick Payne, the council’s housing czar, said: “I’m delighted that Raglan’s Queensway project will kick start the regeneration of a key site which is part of the council’s long term masterplan for the city centre.

“In addition with more than 14,000 people on Southampton’s social housing waiting list, there will be a clear demand for these 44 new homes.

“Both McClusky’s and New York, New York were popular in their day, but have been closed for a while now and when there is a site in Southampton where not a lot is happening the council is very keen to get things moving.”

Raglan’s assistant director of development, Jonathan Layzell, said: “We’re delighted to be starting the construction of these much-needed homes which will not only help meet the shortage of affordable housing for local people in the city centre but create a thriving community which will play a vital role in the regeneration of Southampton’s old town.

“We also hope that our shared ownership homes will give first-time buyers and families who are unable to afford high city property prices an opportunity to get their foot on the property ladder and own a home of their own.”

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8:22am Mon 2 Dec 13

Micle1974 says...

Very sad news.
Seeing this go I'd probably what the order generation felt like when the top rank and the ice rink went!
What a couple of clubs... Always guaranteed entry at age of 15, gauranteed to see a fight every 10 mins and almost gauranteed to go home with someone on your arm
Very sad news. Seeing this go I'd probably what the order generation felt like when the top rank and the ice rink went! What a couple of clubs... Always guaranteed entry at age of 15, gauranteed to see a fight every 10 mins and almost gauranteed to go home with someone on your arm Micle1974

9:38am Mon 2 Dec 13

userds5050 says...

So the DE show us the photo of the new student digs on the Richmond House site thinking we wouldn't notice.
So the DE show us the photo of the new student digs on the Richmond House site thinking we wouldn't notice. userds5050

10:10am Mon 2 Dec 13

Micle1974 says...

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http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/news/10580939 .Tower_block_to_beco me_home_to_students/ Micle1974

10:29am Mon 2 Dec 13

AndyAndrews says...

Hardly "prestigious homes" when they are for "affordable rent" or "shared ownership". Social housing surely.
Hardly "prestigious homes" when they are for "affordable rent" or "shared ownership". Social housing surely. AndyAndrews

12:21pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Ronnie G says...

More new luxury apartments for the wealthy landlords to purchase for rent.
The 14,000 on Southampton social housing list that are still waiting to be housed are being ignored yet again!!
Social Housing list kinda gives you a clue Mr Letts, that is if you are really bothered?
Social Housing means these people cannot afford to buy, even with assistance!!!
Get your act together and start thinking about the people that put you where you are today.
Or are you all that confident that it was your Union buddies that put you where you are so bo**ox to the people of Southampton!!??
Yes that sounds more like it....
More new luxury apartments for the wealthy landlords to purchase for rent. The 14,000 on Southampton social housing list that are still waiting to be housed are being ignored yet again!! Social Housing list kinda gives you a clue Mr Letts, that is if you are really bothered? Social Housing means these people cannot afford to buy, even with assistance!!! Get your act together and start thinking about the people that put you where you are today. Or are you all that confident that it was your Union buddies that put you where you are so bo**ox to the people of Southampton!!?? Yes that sounds more like it.... Ronnie G

12:44pm Mon 2 Dec 13

vag says...

Oh deep joy, another load of 'social housing' (as a certain percentage of new build housing has to be turned over to social housing) right on my doorstep. Enough already.
Oh deep joy, another load of 'social housing' (as a certain percentage of new build housing has to be turned over to social housing) right on my doorstep. Enough already. vag

12:58pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Ronnie G says...

I bet the the 'affordable' rent is not so affordable! This will not end up helping those on the Southampton housing register, which should be addressed first and foremost. Help these families that through one way or another have actually contributed to the economy in Southampton for a number of years.
I bet the the 'affordable' rent is not so affordable! This will not end up helping those on the Southampton housing register, which should be addressed first and foremost. Help these families that through one way or another have actually contributed to the economy in Southampton for a number of years. Ronnie G

5:51pm Mon 2 Dec 13

loosehead says...

Is that the same fruit & veg market proposed by the Tories? wasn't it slated by Labour supporters?
Is that the same fruit & veg market proposed by the Tories? wasn't it slated by Labour supporters? loosehead

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