FCBS’ £120m Southbank overhaul submitted for planning
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has submitted a planning application for its £120 million Festival Wing redevelopment of London’s Southbank Centre
The 28,000m² overhaul and extension – featuring a glazed ‘liner’ building and a semi-transparent, box-like sky pavilion – was submitted to local authority Lambeth Council last week.
Commenting on the application, Alan Bishop, Chief Executive of Southbank Centre, said: ‘These plans will enable us to do more art for more people in better spaces, following the successful transformation of the Royal Festival Hall in 2007 and building on the heritage of the Festival of Britain in 1951.’
The Twentieth Century (C20) Society has raised concern over the proposals, warning the ‘liner building’ could impact on views from Waterloo bridge of the Royal Festival Hall and the National Theatre.
Nearly 40,000 names have also been added to a petition calling to save the Brutalist complex’s world-famous skateboarding park which will be relocated under nearby Hungerford Bridge if the planned design goes ahead
FCBS’s festival Wing project
Queen Elizabeth Hall
The auditorium will be refurbished with the width of the stage expanded to create wing space with less impact on sightlines. Artistic and technical facilities will be upgraded along with back of house and disability access. New access will be provided to central foyer.
Auditorium and back of house will be refurbished to improved stage access. technical facilities and disability access are to be upgraded. A new entrance will create access from the central foyer.
Galleries to be refurbishing with improved access through spaces to enable free exhibitions. The iconic pyramid roof will be replicated to improve lighting and be made watertight. Access to the central foyer and a new secure loading bay will be created.
New Central Foyer
A glazed atrium between the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery is planned as an ‘artistic and social hub’ linking the complex to the British Film Institute and National Theatre.
A floating venue designed to hold a 150-strong orchestra and a choir of up to 250 people with a small audience. It will also host corporate events
The ‘liner’ building
Between the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Waterloo Bridge, the glazed ‘liner’ building will provide space for educational, artistic and commercial cultural uses. Designed as a large flexible space, the flexible space will host a broader, year-round education programme for all age groups and abilities. The Saison Poetry Library will move from Level 5 in the Royal Festival Hall to join a literature and spoken word space in a new literature centre, and two new restaurants will overlook the river.
Undercrofts will be reclaimed for artistic and cultural uses; including a new venue for gigs, dance, cabaret, music and spoken word events and a space for young people.
Heritage and Archive Space
Occupying the undercoft, the public facility will explore the site’s history and include hands-on installations.
Designed for children and families, the undercroft facility will feature storytelling and interactive activities alongside exhibitions and a family restaurant. It will also be home to the childrens’ collection of the Poetry Library.
New public spaces include a square and two new roof gardens.
New riverside area for skateboarders, BMX and graffiti located under Hungerford Bridge and visible to the public from Queen’s Walk