Studio 144 set to open in February 2018
The opening of Studio 144 brings two world-class arts organisations – NST, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and the John Hansard Gallery – into the heart of the city centre for the first time, together with media and film specialists City Eye. John Hansard Gallery is part of the University of Southampton, which will have responsibility for the South Building of Studio 144, and represents a significant investment on the part of the University in the infrastructure, culture and economy of the city.
Studio 144 is led by Southampton City Council in partnership with Grosvenor Britain and Ireland Developments Limited alongside the University of Southampton and Southampton Cultural Development Trust. The project is supported by Arts Council England through their National Lottery-funded Capital programme.
The overall development is designed by CZWG and the arts facilities have been designed by Glenn Howells Architects and are currently being fitted out by Galliford Try. The Studio 144 arts venue comprises around 75,000 sq. ft. of stunning gallery, performing arts and film/media studio space across two iconic buildings, as part of a mixed-use development.
The opening of Studio 144 is a high-profile addition to Southampton’s cultural scene and will be a keystone in the city’s tourism offer. The arts venue will employ around 100 staff, have a joint annual turnover of over £3 million, and will attract around 350,000 people a year. It is estimated that the development will drive an additional £21 million of visitor spend in the city each year.