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FCBS skateboard scheme wins £700,000 of mayoral funding

Southbank skateboarders
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Sadiq Khan has given a £700,000 cash boost to Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ plans to extend the skateboarding space below London’s Southbank Centre

The proposal, which will see the reconfiguration of space below the Queen Elizabeth Hall as well as the creation of educational space, won planning permission in June last year.

Last week, the scheme – promoted by the Southbank Centre and conservation campaign body Long Live Southbank – won funding from the London mayor’s £70 million Good Growth Fund, aimed at promoting community schemes across the capital.

Khan said: ‘I am using this funding to challenge preconceptions about how regeneration takes place. I want to give all Londoners – regardless of background – the opportunity to be actively involved in their city and have more places to live, learn, work and play.’

Plans to use the space for shops and restaurants were dropped in 2014 following protests from the skateboarding community, which has been using the undercroft since 1973.

The FCBS scheme will see the reinstatement of original banks and concrete paving, the replacement of rotten and worm 1970s timber beans, enhanced lighting and a 1.1m barrier to separate the skate space from pedestrians.

The new education space will provide a home for the Southbank Centre’s learning programme for children, young people and adults.

FCBS recently completed the refurbishment of the centre’s Hayward Gallery, which is now open, and the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, due to open in April.

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