Studio 144 shortlisted for RICS South East Award for community benefit

Southampton’s Arts Complex, Studio 144 has been shortlisted for the RICS South East Awards in the Community Benefit category.

Designed by CZWG, Studio 144 is the key landmark in Southampton City Council’s Cultural Quarter. The 6,000 sqm public arts space is accommodated within two adjacent landmark buildings, either side of a new street linking Guildhall Square with Andrews Park. Above, 38 new Guildhall Apartments bring urban living to this part of the city.

The scheme has become a hub for small and medium enterprises, as well as the city’s student population by representing a new centre of development for creative skills including work-based training for local communities. Studio 144 is impacting people across the entire city, including those who might ordinarily feel it is “not for them”.

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.”

Jack Lewis from John Hansard Gallery, added:

“John Hansard Gallery’s relocation to Studio 144 has dramatically increased opportunities for more people to experience and be inspired by our programme of internationally acclaimed and locally engaged great art and associated events, with fantastic feedback to-date on both the building, our new city centre presence, and the activities hosted during our opening year. We have established ourselves within the local community and other cultural organisations across the city, laying the foundations of the gallery as a place for all to feel welcome.”

The RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational initiatives and developments in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. They celebrate the achievements and successes of RICS professionals and their impact on local communities. The winners will be announced at the South East Awards ceremony in London on 16 May 2019.