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The city’s burgeoning Cultural Quarter will be further developed to include a new arts complex alongside Guildhall Square, overlooking the central parks. 

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Development of the city’s burgeoning Cultural Quarter is well underway, with the creation of a new arts complex alongside Guildhall Square, overlooking the central parks under construction. This will create a fantastic new focal point in the city for artistic and cultural activity.

The 'topping out' ceremony took place in March 2015 as the final brick was laid on site.  Nuffield has also been announced the the Operating Company for the Arts Complex.

In September 2014 the 38 stylish apartments, which are incorporated within the scheme, were officially launched.  The residential and retail elements of the scheme will be opening in 2015.  The shell of the arts complex will begin a 12 month fit out programme at this point, and is set to open in 2016.

The arts complex, assisted by a £7.3m Arts Council England Lottery grant towards the fit out, will house a contemporary art gallery (John Hansard Gallery), a media/film facility (City Eye), plus performing arts facilities including two auditoria, a dance studio and several education spaces. In addition to these facilities, the new development will include 38 apartments and seven retail/restaurant units.

The £40 million scheme will provide over 300 direct jobs and is expected to bring 750,000 visitors to the city every year.

Grosvenor Developments Ltd and Southampton City Council are working with McLaren Construction Ltd to undertake the construction.  The architects (CZWG) design provides double height shops, restaurants, cafes and bars to the street frontage that will enhance the appearance of the development and enhance the linkages between the Guildhall and East Park.

Creating more than 2,000 direct jobs and an additional £21million of visitor spend in Southampton each year, the Cultural Quarter is already taking shape and is a hive of activity in the city centre. An exciting concoction of live gigs, music and drama performances, photography and art exhibitions, poetry readings, comedy sketches and more is already being rolled out at a variety of venues in the Cultural Quarter throughout the week. We’re confident our glamorous plans for arts and culture in Southampton will give the likes of bohemian Brighton and Bristol a run for their money.

    • Arts Complex by night from Guildhall Square

    Arts Complex by night from Guildhall Square - Photo Credit: Grosvenor GBI

Other recent developments 

The award winning, newly repaved and refurbished Guildhall Square sits at the heart of the Cultural Quarter and hosts high quality arts and culture events, the most successful of which attract up to 10,000 people. The Caribbean restaurant, Turtle Bay and an elegant Italian bistro, Caffe Momento have snapped up prime locations in the square, giving the area an alfresco feel.

Meanwhile, the city’s new maritime attraction, SeaCity Museum, continues to attract hoards of visitors to the city. Featuring a number of exhibitions including a major Titanic exhibition, the museum will be a lasting legacy to the fateful Titanic ship. The museum was opened on the centenary of the Titanic in April 2012.
    • SeaCity Museum

    SeaCity Museum

The Southampton Cultural Development Trust is spearheading the city's plans to complete the Cultural Quarter, with its new galleries, performance and film spaces. The trust is committed to achieving results through fundraising and advocacy. Visit www.culturesouthampton.org.uk for further information.
If you’d like to find out more about developer or investor opportunities in the Cultural Quarter, please get in touch at www.investinsouthampton.co.uk, call 023 8083 2918 or email .

Other developments nearby

Mayflower Halls

The 1,000+ bedroom student accommodation units, Mayflower Halls, opened in September 2014, for the University of Southampton.  It also houses retail, café and gym facilities at ground floor level. 

The 1.5 acre site is located close to Southampton Central Station and within the city’s emerging Cultural Quarter. 

Empire View (Mayflower / Gantry)

Development of prestigious 115 one and two bedroom apartments – completed March 2012.
    • Mayflower Halls

    Mayflower Halls

    • Empire View

    Empire View

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