The Civic Centre in Southampton is the home of Southampton City Council.
It hosts the SeaCity Museum, council offices, the Guildhall venue, the well-endowed city art gallery, and the city library. It is a grade II listed building.
Since the 1870s, there was debate in the council over the housing of the borough offices: all departments were currently scattered around the town, making co-ordination and timely response fairly difficult, with the old Audit House opposite Holy Rood Church now being totally inadequate.
The first serious attempt at constructing a civic centre to accommodate these scattered departments occurred in 1924. In a public meeting in the following year, however, the proposals, presented by former mayor and alderman...
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