Southampton is celebrating after being awarded £7.2million from the Arts Council England to build a new arts complex in the centre of the city.
An additional allocation of £1.5million agreed last week, on top of the £5.7million originally offered to the scheme, will support a number of essential changes to the project, including the re-design and relocation of the gallery to the ground floor. Southampton City Council and Arts Council England will continue to work closely together and in the coming weeks will be finalising the details of the new funding agreement.
The new arts complex, to be built by developers Grosvenor as part of an overall development on the site of the former Tyrrell and Green building in Southampton’s, Guildhall Square, will be at the heart of the city’s emerging cultural quarter and provide the city with a high quality arts offer which will galvanise Southampton’s position as an important cultural hub. The overall development is expected to create around 300 direct jobs and assist in attracting considerable investment and visitor numbers to Southampton.
The new arts complex will form a major part of the Cultural Quarter in Southampton, alongside the Sea City Museum, which is set to open in 2012, and the newly refurbished Guildhall Square which is set to open soon.