SHOPPERS emerge from the stores to sit in a public square, watching the world go by from a new vista in Southampton.

They then try a few rounds at the new bowling alley and go for a bite before heading upstairs to the cinema.

This is the future of WestQuay – and it’s set to become a reality in time for your Christmas shopping.

The creators of the Watermark development have unveiled another virtual tour of the £85million complex.

With six months to go until opening day, developer Hammerson is showing off its plans in more detail.

Parts of the interior have been revealed for the first time and residents can see where their favourite shops and restaurants will be.

The video follows the city’s medieval walls past Bill’s, Cosmo, Red Dog Saloon and other restaurants before introducing a public square. 

Travelling through green landscaping past more shops, it comes to the junction of Harbour Parade, where distinctive curved cladding is currently being installed at the top of the main building.

Work began last year and is set to be finished in time for a December opening, catching the crucial Christmas rush.

When complete, phase one of the centre will include up to 20 restaurants, a new retail unit and a public square.

Inside the building, the video shows a food court with dining at Five Guys, Wahaca and TGI Fridays and an escalator up to the 10-screen Cinema de Lux.

The animation offers more detail than a previous video released in July but is identical in structure and scale.

Other restaurants confirmed for the centre include Carluccio’s, Nando’s, Jamie’s Italian, Hollywood Bowl and All Bar One.

Watermark is seen as the cornerstone of several massive projects in the city, from the £450m Royal Pier development to recently revealed plans to rebuild Leisure World.

Southampton City Council boss Simon Letts has previously said these schemes will help make Southampton a European city and “capital of the south”.

As previously reported, phase two could include a tower block as high as 27 storeys, plus restaurants, shops office space, a hotel and an underground car park. 

Hammerson has outline planning permission for phase two but would need to get detailed plans past the city council before it could start work.