Watermark represents our current local knowledge and working relationship with a major commercial developer (Hammerson) and Southampton City Council. The proposals strongly relate to the history and landscape of Southampton but are delivered with a distinctive contemporary character.
The proposed landscape design responds to the historic significance of this site as the line between sea and land. The Town Walls as the static resilient edge of the historic centre of Southampton and the sea as an ever changing, playful counterpoint.
This tension between the solidity and linearity of the Town Walls and the softness and organic life of the historic sea is reflected in the proposals for the new public realm spaces between the Town Walls and the new Watermark retail project.
The scheme activates the edge between the steps (sea) and the promenade (mudflats) by locating permanent or temporary activities and playful elements.
This conceptual framework sets the scene for dealing with the various experiential, practical, operational and functional aspirations for this new public realm.