The indicative masterplan for the Royal Pier site has the potential to deliver approximately 185,000m2 (1,990,000ft2) of development which is made up of the following approximate mix:
A network of connections to Southampton City Centre linking the Old Town with the waterfront, including an extension of High Street and Bugle Street directly into the site;
The transformation of West Quay Road and Town Quay Road into an urban street that improves traffic flow and reduces pedestrian severance. These proposals will directly dove-tail with the City Council's proposals for Platform Road immediately to the east and the north;
A network of high quality public spaces including Royal Pier Square, Town Quay Square and a new accessible waterfront;
An improved setting for the rich heritage of the area including the town walls and buildings on Town Quay; and
An extension and improvement of Mayflower Park not only to provide a single, contiguous site for the PSP Southampton Boat Show, but also a tremendous asset for the city throughout the remainder of the year.
The masterplan proposes both the reclamation of 14.2 acres (5.68 hectares) of land from Southampton Water and the creation of a new sheltered inlet that will become a focus for the new waterfront development. The inlet will provide berthing for tall ships and large yachts accessed off floating pontoons. A lifting pedestrian bridge will provide the link between the Royal Pier site and Town Quay.
The reclamation is proposed on the site of the dilapidated Royal Pier with new buildings proposed where the pier once stood. To the west the reclaimed land forms an extension of Mayflower Park. Town Quay forms the eastern side of the inlet and it is anticipated that development at the Royal Pier site will be followed by renewed investment interest in Town Quay.
The masterplan also proposes the relocation of all Red Funnel operations to Berth 50 to the east of Town Quay marina. This will allow Red Funnel to operate both the Red Jet Hi-Speed and Ro-Ro car ferry service from a single terminal building. The Ro-Ro car ferries will berth in the historic Trafalgar Dock and will benefit from longer more efficient marshalling lanes and a new access at Dock Gate 5.
Existing cruise passenger car parking at Berth 50 will be accommodated within a new three story car park close to Dock Gate 5.
At the western end of the scheme it is proposed to provide a new access to Berth 101 as an extension of Harbour Parade.