0.14 miles to city centre
Guildhall Square in the heart of Southampton's new Cultural Quarter, is a versatile and contemporary space - a perfect setting for performance art shows, seasonal events, community activities and a unique showcase space for promotional exhibits. The Square was refurbished in 2010 and has created a unique public space for the city that comes alive with arts, heritage, entertainment, events, music, colour and dramatic architecture.
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Summary of Facilities
Address: For SAT NAV users. Guildhall Square, West Marlands Road, Southampton SO14 7LP
Ground Surface: Variety of granite paving, with fixed seating positioned at angles and trees on boundary.
Size: Download site plan >
(Main Guildhall Square) - Approx 48m x 28m
(Guildhall Forecourt) – Approx 40m x 20m*
Premises License: The City Council’s Event Management hold a premises license for this area to a maximum of 4,999 people at any one time.
Power: 6 x power boxes with 16 amp single phase power supply located on the main Square, 3 on each side (G1 and G2)
2 x power boxes with 32 amp three phase power supply located on the East side of the Square on West Marlands Road. (G2)
Parking: Close to all Central City Centre car parks
* Please note this area may only be used if the O2 Guildhall do not have a booking. Closure of West Marlands Road may need to be considered if using both the main Square and the forecourt.
Background Information to Guildhall Square
The O2 Guildhall Southampton and the Guildhall Forecourt is an impressive backdrop to the Square.
Southampton Solent University's Conference Centre and Artisan Cafe is located on north side of the Square.
On the south side is the One Guildhall Square building which includes Gateway - the customer contact reception for Southampton City Council and Capita's new regional business centre for the South. This building also has two retail outlets Turtle Bay Restaurant and Caffe Momento, that adds to the dining experience on the Square. There are many thriving eateries, cafes, bars, shops and businesses in the surrounding area of the Square, including adding to the footfall and the day and night time economy of the city. (Over 4,000 people work in the surrounding area with 1,000+ students).
Opposite the Square is the development of the New Arts Complex which will be run by The Nuffield, the performing arts building will include: a flexible 447 seat theatre, a 135 seat studio, screening facilities, rehearsal and workshop spaces and a café bar and bistro. It will provide a new home for prominent local arts establishments John Hansard Gallery (University of Southampton) and City Eye.
In addition, the development incorporates The Guildhall Apartments, 38 apartments with views over the city and parks and seven restaurants. The restaurants and apartments are due to open autumn / winter 2015 and the arts complex in autumn 2016.
Restaurants include Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Costa Coffee, Nandos, The Stable, Mettricks, Neighbourhood,
The wider area already boasts one of the finest art galleries in the country Southampton City Art Gallery, the SeaCity Museum, the popular Mayflower Theatre and the BBC regional centre. They all help to attract more than one million visitors a year to the city and the current building of the new Arts Complex will attract huge public and private investment, creating new jobs and bringing social, cultural and economic benefits to the city but will increase the Square's appeal as a venue.
This Cultural Quarter is just part of exciting bigger plans for the whole city and endorses Southampton’s reputation as a vibrant city with a creative core at its heart.