Grosvenor Britain & Ireland and Southampton City Council are delighted to announce that that the revised planning application for a new arts complex in the City was approved yesterday by Southampton City Council’s planning committee.
Simon Armstrong, project manager at Grosvenor Britain & Ireland said: “This is excellent news for the scheme and the City. We are moving forward and, after some further exploratory works and more detailed design, expect to start on site with ontractors in the autumn.”
Councillor Simon Letts, Leader of Southampton City Council said: “The approval of the planning application for the arts complex moves us closer to delivering the centre piece of the Cultural Quarter. I want to see builders on site as soon as possible as we work hard to stimulate the city’s cultural and artistic economy. It is an example of how the city council continues, under this administration, to work with partners to attract investment to our city and create jobs for local residents.”
The 100,000 sq ft scheme includes 6 restaurants and 38 flats, alongside the new arts complex which comprises auditoria, studio and creation space for the performing arts, a contemporary art gallery (John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton) and media facilities provided by City Eye, all of which will be arranged around the newly landscaped Guildhall Square.
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland and Southampton City Council have been working closely with architects CZWG to ensure the delivery of a premium product and enhanced public realm for the Cultural Quarter. The unusual mix of residential, retail and arts space will be seamlessly integrated through outstanding design to cement the complex as a flagship development.
For more information contact:
Naomi Curtis/Sorrel Basher, Press Office
020 7312 6479/6101
Notes to Editors
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland aims to create value through our skills in placemaking anddesign, repositioning locations in ways that change customer perceptions and deliver results for our stakeholders. The core portfolio comprises 300 acres of Mayfair and Belgravia in London, which first came into the Grosvenor family in 1677. Ownership and active management of its London estate remains at the heart of Grosvenor Britain & Ireland’s strategy. Investment assets comprise the largest part of its portfolio. Grosvenor Britain & Ireland also undertakes development across London, and in selected city centres around the UK. As at 31 December 2012, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland had assets under management of £4.8bn.