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Southbank Centre seeks architect for revamp

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[Deadline for tenders 6 June] London’s Southbank Centre is on the hunt for a lead architect to revamp the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Hayward Gallery

The riverside arts venue is looking to appoint an architect to work in collaboration with a team of consultants on the next phase of the Southbank Centre’s regeneration.

The project is expected to cover the ‘refurbishment and enhancement’ of the 1968 Southbank Arts Centre complex which includes the Hayward Gallery, Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Members of radical architecture group Archigram designed the buildings while working at the Greater London Authority in the mid-1960s.

The refurbishment project passed the first stage in its application for £20 million worth of Arts Council England funding in March and is the latest phase in a Rick Mather-designed masterplan for the Southbank Centre.

Richard Rogers Partnership won an international competition for the site in 1994 with a proposal for a glass curve canopy covering the complex. Four years later a new development strategy was announced for the centre. Rick Mather was appointed to masterplan the site in 1999.

In September 2010, architecture minister John Penrose defied English Heritage’s advice and refused listing to the Southbank Arts Centre.


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