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CZWG replaces Assael on Southampton cultural scheme

This is the first image of CZWG’s proposed mixed-use cultural scheme for Grosvenor in Southampton

The project, which is part of the city’s larger cultural quarter development, had originally been worked up by Assael Architects for developer City Lofts.

However, those proposals collapsed when City Lofts went into administration and Southampton City Council turned to Grosvenor, as its preferred developer, to take forward the overhaul of the site of the former Tyrell & Green department store.

The new arts-based scheme – which, according to the practice, ‘alters slightly and improves the original plans’ – will create 7,500m² of auditoria, studios and performance space, as well as restaurants, shops and around 20 luxury apartments.

CZWG’ is working with theatre specialist Foster Wilson Architects on the scheme, which will also relocate the proposed art spaces from the ground floor to the first floor level to ‘allow for the street frontage to be occupied by restaurants and cafés, which will enhance the viability and sustainability of the development’.

The progress of the new arts complex is still subject to a full council decision on capital spend and confirmation of Arts Council Lottery funding of £5.7 million in November.

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  • When are people going to realise that CZWG don't have any ideas or architectural originality, and that's why they do 'wacky' shapes and colours?

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