New crane on Arts Complex site18th March 2014
Another crane now adorns the skyline of Southampton city centre, following the installation of a crane by Grosvenor and McLaren Construction Ltd on the Arts Complex site, on 17 March 2014.
This new addition bears testimony to the scale of new investment and construction activity taking place in the city centre.
Bob Cooper waving from the crane
First crane section in place
Top of crane going on
Works have been ongoing on the site since November 2013. The introduction of this crane, the first of two that extends up to 90 metres high, will allow materials to be delivered more easily around the site and will see the new nine storey building begin to emerge from behind the hoardings.
The Arts Complex, the seven restaurant outlets and 38 apartments are all due for completion in early 2015. Following handover of the arts complex to Southampton City Council there is a year-long fit-out before the new facility will be ready to open in spring 2016, incorporating the University of Southampton’s John Hansard Gallery and City Eye, together with a range of performing arts spaces including two auditorium, a dance studio and education spaces, and an arts cafe.
The £40 million scheme will provide over 300 direct jobs and is expected to swell visitor numbers to the Cultural Quarter to over 2 million every year.
Simon Armstrong, Projects Director for Grosvenor, said: “The Cultural Quarter, centred on the O2 Guildhall, Mayflower Theatre, Sea City Museum, City Art Gallery and Solent University provides a unique clustering of Arts facilities at the north end of Above Bar close to Southampton’s unique parks and Guildhall Square. The Arts Complex will add an extra dimension to this range of uses and the installation of the first of two cranes represents an important milestone in it’s ongoing delivery.”
Councillor Simon Letts, Leader of Southampton City Council, said: “I am thrilled to see the arrival of the first crane on site at Guildhall Square and will be excited to see the building begin to rise above the hoardings. This is a significant stage in the realisation of our City Centre Master Plan, and demonstrates our unwavering commitment to creating a vibrant city, with outstanding facilities that support our future economic development aspirations for the city and our residents.”
Phil Pringle, Managing Director of McLaren Construction, said: “McLaren Construction are delighted to be a part of Southampton's new found skyline that marks new opportunities for the city and its community with the exciting redevelopment of the Cultural Quarter. The New Arts Complex will provide the city with added cultural, leisure and entertainment facilities together with a prestigious residential development.”