The Royal Pier site covers an area of approximately 35.4 acres (14.34 hectares) located immediately to the south of Southampton "Old Town".
The site is bound to the south by the River Test, to the east and west by ABP operational land and to the north by West Quay and Town Quay Road.
The site encompasses the former and currently dilapidated Royal Pier structure, the former Pier Gate House building presently occupied by Kuti’s restaurant, Mayflower Park, the De Vere car park site and the marshalling yards and terminal building for the Red Funnel car ferry.
Immediately to the east of the Royal Pier site is Town Quay, a pier structure that extends 400 metres into the river and provides a mix of office, retail, and food and drink accommodation.
The Red Funnel Hi-Speed service to the Isle of Wight and the Hythe Ferry embark from the east side of Town Quay and the Quay also embraces the Town Quay Marina.
Access to the waterfront in Southampton is limited by port operations. The Royal Pier site is located at the southern edge of Southampton city centre.
It provides the break between the Western Docks and Eastern Docks and represents the best opportunity to provide an active, vibrant waterfront for Southampton, which is intimately connected with the city centre.