New designs aim to beat the crunch and provide a cultural hub
CZWG have designed a new mixed use cultural scheme for Grosvenor as part of Southampton’s major cultural quarter development.
Southampton City Council have selected Grosvenor as the preferred developer to transform the site of the former Tyrell & Green department store. The proposal offers 75,000 sq ft of high quality auditoria, studios and performance space. In addition the scheme includes restaurants, shops and approximately 20 high-end apartments on the upper floors taking advantage of attractive views across the Guildhall Square and grade 2 listed East Park. The whole development contains approximately 200,000 sq ft split into two buildings either side of a new pedestrian route which connects the square with the park.
Earlier proposals for the art centre fell victim to the credit crunch. CZWG’s design, with help from theatre specialist Foster Wilson Architects, relocates the art spaces from the ground floor to the first floor level. This allows for the street frontage to be occupied by restaurants and cafés which will enhance the viability and sustainability of the development.
The new cultural development will be the main focus for activity and stimulate the wider regeneration of the area. It will be open, inclusive and accessible to all and provide a counterpoint to the historic importance of the Civic Centre directly to the west.
The build of the new arts complex is subject to a Full Council decision on capital spend and confirmation of the Arts Council Lottery funding of £5.7m in November.