McLaren Construction, Grosvenor Developments, Southampton City Council celebrated the topping out of Southampton’s new arts complex on Guildhall Square.

Opening in 2016, the new arts complex will comprise arts facilities for City Eye, the University of Southampton’s John Hansard Gallery and a multi-purpose performing arts centre with two flexible performance spaces and a dance studio. It was announced at the topping out event that the arts facilities will be run by Nuffield, Southampton’s leading producing theatre company.

Alongside the arts facilities are seven restaurant/retail units and The Guildhall Apartments, 38 stunning new residential apartments, 70% of which have already been reserved.

Commenting on the event, Richard Powell, Executive Director, Grosvenor Developments, said: “The topping out is an important milestone for the new arts complex project and a sign that we are another step closer to completing the scheme and, in turn, delivering the final phase of Southampton’s Cultural Quarter. At Grosvenor, our objective is to create great places for people to live, work, visit and enjoy. We hope that the new arts and leisure facilities will encourage more people to spend time in the Cultural Quarter, making it a vibrant and exciting part of the city.”

Phil Pringle, Managing Director, McLaren Construction said: “We are proud to be part of this prestigious project working alongside our client Grosvenor and Southampton City Council, to construct what will be a stunning contemporary arts hub for Southampton and the wider community.

“It has been a tremendous opportunity for the McLaren Group to reinforce our presence and expertise within the mixed-use sector.”

Councillor Simon Letts, Leader of Southampton City Council said:

“It’s wonderful to see the project get to this stage, it is over 15 years since the first concept was mooted. I look forward to it coming to fruition and completing the latest phase of the City’s Cultural Quarter, as part of our City Centre Master plan. Grosvenor has done a great job in developing a scheme that will meet our aspirations for a distinctive and vibrant City.”

McLaren will hand over the arts complex aspect of the scheme to Grosvenor and Southampton City Council later in the spring. Following a fit out, the arts complex will open in 2016.

Image: Phil Pringle, Managing Director, McLaren Construction


Southampton Arts Complex