Studio 144 nominated for RTPI Culture and Heritage Award

Southampton’s Arts Complex, Studio 144 has been named as a finalist in the Heritage and Culture category for the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2019.

Studio 144 provides a new visitor attraction at the heart of the city’s Cultural Quarter. The development by Grosvenor creates 6,000 sqm of public arts space, introducing two world class arts organisations, Nuffield Theatres Southampton and the John Hansard Gallery, together with media and film specialists City Eye, and attracting 350,000 people a year. Above, 38 new Guildhall Apartments bring urban living to this part of the city. The centre, which CZWG worked on alongside Glenn Howells Architects and Southampton City Council, was launched in February 2018.

CZWG Architect Partner Adam West said:

“This is fantastic recognition for the scheme which provides the centrepiece for Southampton’s Cultural Quarter. Studio 144 comprises two new buildings flanking a new pedestrian route, ‘Guildhall Place’, connecting the Guildhall Square with the Grade II* listed Andrews Park. The buildings provide a fitting response to the Guildhall opposite; improving the sense of place enhancing the historic context and bringing people and purpose to this area beyond the working day.”

Craig O’Brien, Director, Head of Savills Planning team in Bristol, added:

“We are very proud of our contribution to the delivery of Studio 144, which has played an important role in Southampton’s transformation, through the introduction of a vibrant new cultural quarter. Previously a derelict department store, the landmark development is now home to a range of cultural facilities, alongside a collection of apartments and various cafes and restaurants, creating an exciting mixed-used environment and creating a high quality visual and physical link between the Guildhall Square and Andrews Park.”

RTPI President Ian Tant MRTPI said: “Many congratulations to all this year’s finalists, who demonstrate outstanding contributions to planning, producing a positive effect on our communities, the economy and the environment. They have shown how planners can use their passion and skills to meet needs, deliver high quality design and tackle environmental challenges – they should all be proud of their role as a force for good in society.”

The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry. Running for over 40 years, they celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society.

The winners will be announced during a ceremony held at Milton Court Concert Hall in central London on 24 April 2019.