A £24million programme of work to refurbish parts of the Southbank Centre is due to start this autumn after winning planning permission from Lambeth Council
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ proposals for the brutalist centre will see the refurbishment of the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, as well as the replacement of all 66 pyramid windows on the roof of the Hayward Gallery.
The Queen Elizabeth Hall foyer will be given a new ceiling and its riverside wall will be opened up with new glazing as part of the work.
A new artists’ entrance will be created in the Southbank Centre’s undercroft area - a favoured hangout for skateboarders and a site previously earmarked for a controversial redevelopment. The plans will also see the creation of a new artists’ back-of-house bar, as well as the addition of new roof-top plant and the upgrading of heating and electrical systems.
In September last year the Southbank agreed to drop larger-scale plans for the £120m creation of a ‘Festival Wing’ with up to 28,000m2 of new space.
Hayward Gallery roof