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OMA among big names on Southbank redevelopment shortlist

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The Southbank Centre has revealed the seven architectural practices shortlisted to revamp its Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery complex in London

The finalists for the multi-million pound project are: Allies and Morrison, Bennetts Associates, Eric Parry Architects, Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios, Grimshaw, Heneghan Peng, OMA and Van Heyningen and Haward.

The announcement comes less than 24 hours after architecture minister John Penrose defied English Heritage’s advice to list the 1968 LCC Architects and Archigram-designed building.

Described by Southbank Centre as a ‘refurbishment and renewal’ scheme, the project seeks to improve the facilities in line with Allies and Morrison’s 2008 overhaul of the Royal Festival Hall next door.

Stages, galleries, services and access are all planned to be upgraded under the scheme which is the latest stage in a Rick Mather-designed masterplan for the word-famous 8.5 hectare riverside arts complex.  

A conservation management plan is being drafted to explore the potential for transforming unused parts of the raised platform building.

The Southbank Centre has consulted Lambeth Council, English Heritage and the Twentieth Century Society on the document which is being completed ahead of finalising the refurbishment plans.

A lead architect will be appointed in the autumn.

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