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FCBS's Southbank revamp wins £4.9m funding

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The Southbank Centre in London has scooped a £4.9 million grant, paving the way for the refurbishment of the Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room

The cash, from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), comes almost three years after Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios was appointed to work on the project - then a much larger project to overhaul the Thames-side complex (see AJ 01.10.12).

The latest restoration work, which has also received £16.7 million from Arts Council England, will see the venues closed for two years from 21 September.

A statement from Southbank Centre said: ‘Many of the original fittings are now desperately in need of repair and the work will provide world-class facilities similar to those installed in the Royal Festival Hall during its recent major refurbishment.’

The plans provide for a new glass pyramid roof to allow natural light into the gallery, and the reversion of the upper galleries to their original height.

The Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room auditoria will benefit from renovated walls, floors, ceilings and seats plus the introduction of upgraded technical production facilities.

The centre has launched a campaign to raise the remaining £3.9 million needed to complete all of the work planned.

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ plans are in line with the Rick Mather masterplan for the area unveiled in 2000.

The Hayward was originally designed by a group of young architects, including Dennis Crompton, Warren Chalk and Ron Herron and opened in 1968.

The Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Rooms opened the previous year, designed by Hubert Bennett, head of the architects department of the Greater London Counicl, with Jack Whittle, F.G West and Geoffrey Horsefall.

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