Grosvenor Developments hands over new arts complex shell to Southampton City Council

Work on Southampton City Council's £12m fit-out contract with Galliford Try starts on site

12th October 2015

Grosvenor Developments (“Grosvenor”), has handed over for fitting out the Arts Complex element of the mixed-use Arts Complex scheme on Southampton’s Guildhall Square to Southampton City Council.  The £12.6m fit-out of the scheme by construction group Galliford Try, appointed by the Council, will now get underway on site.

Arts Council England is a major funder of the Arts Complex capital project via its National Lottery funded capital programme.


Commenting on the handover, Simon Armstrong, Projects Director at Grosvenor, said: “The handover of the Arts Complex shell to Southampton City Council is a significant milestone to have reached in the development of the Arts Complex scheme. It means that we are now in the home straight with the arts facilities due to be completed in late 2016.

“The Arts Complex has already begun to add to the vibrancy of the Cultural Quarter. Nando’s opened last month and more restaurants, such as Tapas Barcelona, will be added throughout autumn 2015.”

Councillor Simon Letts, Leader of Southampton City Council, added: “This is another important milestone for the scheme and it’s great to see the excitement building across Southampton as we move closer to opening this fantastic facility, which will offer brand new attractions for residents and visitors alike. The Arts Complex will act as a catalyst for the cultural and economic regeneration of the city, bringing investment, jobs and new homes to a previously derelict site.”

Mick Shuter, Galliford Try Area Director commented on their role as the fit-out contractor adding: “We are delighted to be working with Southampton City Council on this exciting project.  We are committed to the council’s vision of working with local stakeholders to maximise the opportunities created by this scheme, and look forward to delivering a high quality product while providing a positive experience for the whole community.”

The Arts Complex will comprise of two adjacent landmark buildings linked by a pedestrian walkway. The arts accommodation will include a multi-purpose performing arts venue that will be operated by Nuffield – with a flexible 447 seat auditorium, a 135 seat studio, screening facilities, café/bar, rehearsal and workshop spaces; a contemporary art gallery (John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton), and film/video studio facilities (City Eye). These sit alongside seven restaurants, all of which have been let to a variety of restaurant and coffee shop operators, and The Guildhall Apartments, of which just two are remaining to be sold.


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Notes to Editors

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland 
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland’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 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 £26 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 (£16.2 m), the University of Southampton, and SEEDA (£0.5m).  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. 

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More information about the City Centre Master Plan is available here:

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Arts Council England is a major funder of the Arts Complex through our National Lottery-funded Capital programme.   The Arts Council champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2015 and 2018, we plan to invest £1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated £700 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

Nuffield is Southampton’s only producing theatre company – named Regional Theatre of the Year 2015 at the Stage Awards.

John Hansard Gallery, one of Britain’s leading public galleries of contemporary art, is part of the University of Southampton and supports, develops and presents work by outstanding artists from across the world. Its programme of exhibitions, alongside innovative off-site projects in other city-wide locations and touring exhibitions in the UK and internationally, seeks to bring contemporary art to the widest possible audience.
City Eye exists to inspire and promote film and video culture across the region, working across a range of projects and activities to support the community, arts organisations, individuals and emerging and established talent in the achievement of their filmmaking goals.    

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