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Southampton arts complex still being built awarded £1.2m

The arts complex in Guildhall Square in Southampton Image copyright Other
Image caption The arts complex in Southampton's Guildhall Square is due to open in 2016

A major city arts complex that is still being built has been awarded £1.2m from the Arts Council.

The complex is part of the new so-called "cultural quarter" being created around the Guildhall Square area of Southampton and is due to open in 2016.

Stephen Barnes-Andrews of Southampton City Council said it would "enable it to further its reputation locally and nationally as a hub for the arts".

The funding is awarded for three years from April 2015 to March 2018.

Phil Gibby, area director at Arts Council England, said: "Southampton City Council's commitment to retaining its involvement in this project was a critical factor in awarding the increase.

"This will support their ambition to bring great art and culture into the heart of the city."

The grant is in addition to £7.2m previously awarded for building costs.

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