Hammerson has appointed Sir Robert McAlpine to deliver its £70m extension to the WestQuay shopping centre in Southampton.
The new Watermark centre is a mixed-use leisure development, with the first phase including a 10-screen cinema, up to 20 restaurants and a new public plaza.
It will be built next to Hammerson’s WestQuay shopping centre in the city, which it jointly owns with GIC, the Singapore government’s investment company.
Enabling works have started, with the main work on site set to begin in January and the new Watermark centre to open in autumn 2016.
It will be delivered in two phases, with the second phase having potential for a hotel, residential tower and retail and office space.
Hammerson development manager Guy Wells said: “Sir Robert McAlpine is a welcome addition to the WestQuay Watermark team. Their extensive experience of delivering high-quality schemes will be fundamental to the timely delivery and quality of the development.”
Sir Robert McAlpine and Hammerson are working with Southampton City Council to give training and employment opportunities to local people.
They have agreed an employment and skills plan with the council using the CITB’s National Skills Academy model for providing training.
Work on the scheme is expected to create up to 500 construction jobs.