Southampton's New Arts Complex

A placemaking project in the heart of Southampton's Cultural Quarter

This is a placemaking project that epitomises our commitment to creating great places in which to live, work and enjoy.

This mixed-use scheme comprises 38 residential units, 7 retail units with cafes and restaurants totalling 20,000 sq ft and 63,000 sq ft of Arts Complex. It forms the centre piece of Southampton's Cultural Quarter.

Culture the driving force of regeneration

"I was hugely impressed by the Arts Complex and how culture has been the driving force for regeneration. The local authority's partnership with Grosvenor Developments - and I've seen first-hand their superb work in Liverpool - is an excellent example of what can be done to achieve the right balance between residential, retail and culture. I was particularly impressed by Grosvenor's commitment to developing young people's skills training which is an important legacy for a project of this calibre."

Culture Minster, Ed Vaizey
(pictured above with Simon Armstrong, Grosvenor Developments)

New public realm

New public realm, including a pedestrianised link between Guildhall Square and the historic East Park will link the development together, creating a venue for major events in Southampton city centre.

The Guildhall Apartments

The residential apartments offer one, two and three bedroom accommodation and are designed to a high standard with aspects and layouts maximising the views over East Park, the historic Guildhall Square and the Solent.

The buildings are highly sustainable and residents will enjoy easy access to the best of city living with arts, dining and shopping on their doorstep.

A new arts facility for Southampton's Cultural Quarter

Complementing the residential scheme is the inspirational new Arts Complex. Contained within two buildings, it is identified by strong entrance porticos. Local theatre company Nuffield will manage the performing arts space in the north building including two new auditoria, dance studios and creative space.

In the south building the emphasis will be on visual arts. A new contemporary art gallery will be managed by the University of Southampton's John Hansard Gallery with additional multi-media facilities operated by City Eye.

Simon Armstrong, Retail Projects Director, said:

"Grosvenor's aspiration in Southampton is to deliver a scheme where people can live, work and enjoy leisure time, all of which helps contribute to the vibrancy of Southampton and the Cultural Quarter. The 38 homes will offer residents unparalleled views across the city and, with East Park and a huge variety of arts and cultural activities on the doorstep, are fantastically located for anyone who wants to make the most of what Southampton and the south coast has to offer."

Skills and training programme

Grosvenor are working with contractor McLaren Construction to offer local schools, colleges, universities and other agencies employment and work experience opportunities as part of a co-ordinated skills and training programme.

Read more about the programme and comments from students and trainees 

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