Ocean Village, Southampton

From Workstream Pulse, Summer 2014

Due for completion later this year, the Admiral's Quay development now taking shape at Southampton's Ocean Village marina has had something of a checqered history. Seven years ago, when construction on the site was only partially underway, the then developer fell victim to the financial crisis, and work on Admiral's Quay came to a halt.

The site lay derelict with "temporary" hoardings sadly becoming a permanent eyesore in the area for some five years. Then in January 2012, planning consent was gained for a new 26-storey residential tower that together with two smaller blocks would provide a total of 299 homes on the city's waterfront. Also included in the new £74m scheme was an elevated terrace between two of the buildings, providing an exciting leisure and entertainment area with up to eight restaurants/bars plus a highly landscaped terrace for the buildings' residents at the second floor level.

Workstream has been supplying trades and labour, as well as supervisory staff, to contractors working at Admiral's Quay since September last year. So far, the company has delivered teams of labourers, curtain wall fixers, and fixer's mates, a CWF supervisor and a CPCS A40 banksman to two curtain walling firms working on the site. Workstream is expected to supply a mix of contract site personnel to the project for several more months.