Southampton New Arts Complex

Part funded by Arts Council England’s National Lottery-funded Capital programme, the new complex in Southampton’s Cultural Quarter is a stunning contemporary arts hub for Southampton and the wider community.  McLaren completed the project in phases. The building was constructed by March 2015 and the internal fit out and completion in spring 2016. 

The new build 156,000 sq ft arts complex is two linked landmark buildings, framing Guildhall Square with cafés, restaurants and shops at street level. A new street links Guildhall Square with the park.

The new arts complex is constructed with a Reinforced Concrete (RC) frame with rain screen cladding and curtain walling on the majority of elevations.

The new multi-purpose centre includes two flexible performance spaces, a dance studio, filmmaking facilities, gallery spaces and education facilities. Additionally, there are 38 residential apartments over seven floors, fully fitted out to a high specification.

Now complete, the new arts complex houses the Performing Arts Centre, a new home for the John Hansard Gallery and facilities for film and video organisation, City Eye.


Grosvenor Developments Ltd


156,000 sq ft


March 2015


Southampton So14