Southbank Centre has today (14 February) announced that it will share its proposals for the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery complex – known as the Festival Wing – with a public exhibition opening on 7 March. The project will transform this part of the site, including the refurbishment and renewal of the 1960s buildings, to deliver a larger and more ambitious arts and cultural programme for all Southbank Centre’s visitors to enjoy.

Plans for this part of the site are currently being drawn up by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS), who were appointed as lead architect following a comprehensive selection process in October 2012. Their design brief is to refurbish and renew the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery, as well as explore a more ambitious project, which aims to reclaim unused and underused space to transform the whole of this complex.

Alan Bishop, Chief Executive of Southbank Centre, said: “I am delighted to announce that Southbank Centre is launching a project to transform the Festival Wing and look forward to sharing the plans next month. Building on the Rick Mather masterplan, this will be the next stage of the refurbishment of Southbank Centre, following the hugely successful transformation of the Royal Festival Hall. I’d like to thank Arts Council England, who has enabled us to launch this project, following the successful first-stage application for £20 million of capital funding in March 2012.”

Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre, said: “Our vision is to make the most of these extraordinary buildings and the spaces around them so that we can provide more art for more people of all ages and create world-class facilities for artists and visitors to enjoy, fit for the 21st century. We will draw on the continued success of our year-round festival programme and the original spirit of the Festival of Britain to transform this part of the site.”

The project will include a major refurbishment of the 1960s buildings, to bring the performance spaces and galleries up to the standard of the recently-transformed Royal Festival Hall and address current urgent problems including poor access, worn out services and the need to upgrade stages, galleries and back stage areas.

The draft designs, including the first images of the proposed new Festival Wing, will be presented at a public exhibition, open from Thursday 7 March in the Royal Festival Hall at Level 2 Blue Side, which overlooks the Festival Wing site. The exhibition will be open daily from 10am to 11pm and it will be updated as the plans develop through consultation. From 7 March the proposals will also be available online at [link below].


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