Southampton, the economic powerhouse of England’s south coast, is a city undergoing an ambitious regeneration. From the rejuvenation of the Leisure World site – one of the most significant redevelopments the city has seen in a long time – to the proposed extension of Southampton Airport’s runway and the chancellor’s recent go-ahead for the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership’s freeport bid, this coastal community is on the cusp of a renaissance.
With a unique opportunity to become a thriving destination port city, now is the time for Southampton to level up, band together and support future growth. But to do that collaboration between the public and private sector will be required across the city like never before. So, what would this look like?
• With mixed reviews on the benefits of freeports, what impact is this already having on the city?
• With plans for a fifth cruise terminal, what pressure will this put on the infrastructure of the city centre?
• What does Southampton need as part of the levelling up agenda and what role does real estate play in that?
The Future of Southampton