Final line up confirmed for café and restaurants in Southampton’s arts complex

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland has announced that the commercial element of the Arts Complex in Southampton’s Cultural Quarter is now fully let.

16th November 2015

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland has announced that the commercial element of the Arts Complex in Southampton’s Cultural Quarter is now fully let.

Five national brands will be opening at the scheme, alongside two local operators. The full list of operators is:

  • Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK), which was set up in 2001 by three New Zealanders in London and now has more than 60 restaurants across the UK;
  • Costa Coffee, which is promoted as the nation’s favourite coffee shop;
  • Nandos, the international piri piri chicken restaurant operator originating in South Africa;
  • The Stable, which is part of Fullers Smith & Turner PLC;
  • Mettricks, Southampton’s specialist Tea and Coffee House;
  • Neighbourhood, a brand run by Faucet Inn Ltd, will open a 2,987 sq ft bar and restaurant. The “Neighbourhood” brand is already flourishing at London’s Olympic Park; and
  • Tapas Barcelona will be a 5,000 sq ft restaurant from Delicious Dining, the south’s largest independently owned hospitality group.


The majority of restaurants will open by the end of the year. GBK and Mettricks will open in early 2016, once the pedestrianised link between Guildhall Square and East Park re-opens.

Simon Armstrong, project director at Grosvenor, said: “Our ambition for this element of the new arts complex was to secure a variety of restaurants and cafes that would appeal to everyone living in, studying in, working in and visiting the Cultural Quarter. I’m very pleased that we are now 100% let. The operators who have chosen to open here complement each other really well and are a good fit with Southampton’s Cultural Quarter.”

Cllr Councillor Simon Letts, leader of Southampton City Council added: “It is fantastic news that the commercial element of the Arts Complex is now fully let. This extensive range of new restaurants, cafés and bars will add even more vibrancy to the Cultural Quarter, and makes the area into a real destination for visitors and residents alike. It also demonstrates how the Arts Complex will provide an economic boost for the city, bringing investment to Southampton and creating jobs for local people”.

In addition to the seven restaurants, the arts complex scheme incorporates The Guildhall Apartments - 38 residential apartments with views over the city. The arts complex element will be run by Nuffield Theatre and will provide facilities for City Eye, the University of Southampton’s John Hansard Gallery and a multi-purpose performing arts centre with two flexible performance spaces, a dance studio and a bistro café/bar. Galliford Try was appointed in October this year to complete the £12.6m fit out of the Arts Facilities by end of 2016.  


For more information contact:

Hamish McDougall/Sorrel Basher, Press Office
020 7312 6479/6101

Notes to Editors

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

GBI’s mission is to create and recreate inspiring places and neighbourhoods, delivering value for customers, shareholders and co-investors with its place-making expertise.

It owns, develops and manages a diverse property portfolio in cities across Britain and Ireland. Business units are focused on its London estate - 300 acres of Mayfair and Belgravia in the heart of the UK’s capital - and developments elsewhere in London, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Oxford, Cambridge and Southampton. As at 31 December 2014, GBI had £5.2bn of assets under management.

Southampton’s Cultural Quarter

Southampton’s Cultural Quarter is one of seven VIP projects for Southampton, as identified within Southampton City Council's 'City Centre Master Plan', which will be developed over the next 20 years, to rejuvenate and promote economic growth within the city.  

Of the £25 million needed for the arts complex part of the project, around 90% is already in place through support from Arts Council England (£7.3m), Southampton City Council (£15.2 m), the University of Southampton, and SEEDA (0.5m).  Culture Southampton, Southampton Cultural Development Trust, an independent charity, is actively fundraising to secure the remaining £2.1 million from grant-making organisations, businesses, and individuals, to ensure success. 

For more information on Culture Southampton see:
More information about the City Centre Master Plan is available here:
More information about the Cultural Quarter is available here:

Culture Southampton: Southampton Cultural Development Trust

CultureSouthampton is an independent charitable trust (Southampton Cultural Development Trust:  Reg No. 113269) established to support development of the Cultural Quarter through fundraising and advocacy. A major priority is to raise funds to complete the new arts complex, with its galleries, performance and film spaces, planned to open in 2016. CultureSouthampton is actively developing support from grant-making organisations, individuals, business, and educational institutions.

The completed Cultural Quarter will bring huge social, educational and economic benefits to individuals, organisations and business in the city and region. Whilst the fundraising target is a significant challenge, we believe this to be achievable with the support of the people and organisations of Southampton, Hampshire, and beyond.

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