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Lymington Quay Improvements

New Forest District Council (NFDC), Lymington and Pennington Town Council and the Lymington Harbour Commission are looking into improving the facilities on Lymington Quay. As part of developing our plans, we are holding a public exhibition starting 13 January, as well as publishing the plans and images here.

teal bullet  Next stage of plans to improve Lymington Quay facilities

Snug Architects were appointed to develop two options for the site. These proposals were based on the partners' aims for the refurbishment of facilities in the area, and the consultation results from summer 2019.  (LINK) Read summary of summer 2019 consultation results 

20 January 2020: Latest consultation stage on the two options has now closed.  Summary results and updates will be posted here when available.  

Below are images for those two options, Option A and Option B. 

Option A  has a pitched roof - the roof slopes down with an appearance reminiscent of the quayside's industrial maritime heritage. Although the aesthetics are familiar, this design uses contemporary materials.   1. Pitched roof aerial


Option B has a flat roof - this option has the possibility of creating a viewing platform on the level-surface rooftop, reached by a flight of stairs, to give an unhindered view of the Quay and Lymington River. 8. Flat roof aerial

More images for Option A:

3. Pitched roof visual 1

4. Pitched roof visual 2

5. Pitched roof visual 3

6. Pitched roof visual 4

Also see plans:

Open pdf to view adobe icon Option A pitched roof floor plan [126kb]

Open pdf to view adobe icon Option A Pitched roof site plan [647kb]


More images for Option B:

10. Flat roof visual 1

11. Flat roof visual 2

12. Flat roof visual 3

13. Flat roof visual 4

Also see plans:

Open pdf to view adobe icon Option B Flat roof floor plan [129kb]

Open pdf to view adobe icon Option B Flat roof site plan [648kb]


teal bullet Other information about the proposals:

  • Facilities in both designs are general toilets (unisex cubicles), a family toilet, a disabled Changing Places facility, and eight ensuite shower units, including provision for people with disabilities and families. 
  • The building will house all the plant and equipment to service the building and it will continue to form part of the sea defence in this area.
  • Included in both designs is an art installation within the outer part of the building at ground level, using periscope mechanics to give all visitors views across the water.   This is under cover and incorporates a moveable faceted mirror surface so different views, not just one panorama, can be seen from the ground level. 
  • Both options are in the same position on the site but differ in their design. They also both consider sustainable design and have environmental elements, such as solar water heating panels as part of the layout.  

Outline timetable: 

• March 2020: Full planning application submitted and formal statutory consultation period providing final opportunity for public engagement.

• Autumn 2020: Works due to commence.

• Spring 2021: Facility opens

teal bullet adobe icon Q&As from public presentation of proposals at Lymington Community Centre 13 January [109kb]

Lymington Quay  

Image: NFDC toilet block at Lymington Quay

The area Lymington Quay is one of the town's main retail and visitor focal points. Situated at the eastern end of the historic centre, it is a thriving part of town, particularly during the holiday months. The area, arranged around an attractive quayside and public space, includes a mix of residential, retail, restaurant, business and holiday uses attracting shoppers, tourists and river users, including fishermen and sailors. The quayside is home to a number of waterside activities with fishing, boating, crabbing and other harbourside uses clustering around the waterfront. 

The Quay itself contains two car parks, the slipway, the highway owned by Hampshire County Council (whom proposals will be shared), flood defence wall and the public toilet block which includes showers for visiting boat users. The quayside forms an important part of the flood defences of the town with the public toilets included within this structure.

In looking to improve the facilities at Lymington Quay, the partners have the following aims:

New Forest District Council (NFDC)

The site offers public conveniences and both 30 short stay and 24 long stay car parking spaces maintained by NFDC. Both are well used facilities, with the toilets receiving around 200,000 visitors a year.  The public toilets are due to be upgraded as part of our modernisation programme.

This provides an opportunity to ensure that they are of an appropriate high standard and meet the current and future needs of users of this area, as well as maintaining the flood defences of the town.

Available budget: £350,000


Lymington and Pennington Town Council

Lymington and Pennington Town Council see the opportunity to enhance an attractive destination within the town for both residents and tourists.

By transforming the car parking space into mixed use, it could give an area of open space for events and markets, removing the visual sea of cars from Quay Hill and instead allowing for a direct view of the beauty of the Quay.

This opportunity could redefine and energise the Quay, generating a positive impact on the local economy.

Available budget: £100,000


Lymington Harbour Commission

The Lymington Harbour Commission currently provides shower and washroom facilities for visiting yachtsmen and women, located within the NFDC toilet block. This facility is currently used by an estimated 12,000 visiting crew annually.

They are keen to upgrade these facilities to meet an expected increase in use when new pontoons are installed in 2020. In addition, an upgrade to the standard expected by modern yachtsmen and women would enable Lymington to continue to compete with other destinations such as Yarmouth, Cowes and Beaulieu, which have all invested in better facilities.

Any improved facilities will also need to accommodate an area to discreetly store waste bins and a secure area for electronic equipment (CCTV & WiFi).

Available budget: £175,000




Updated: 23 Jan 2020
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