Wednesday 6 March 2013

Southbank Centre Refurbishment

Over the past couple of decades the popularity of the southbank centre has gone through the roof. Therefore it should come as no surprise that they are now planning to carry out a dramatic £120 million referbishment which will include the Purcell Room the Hayward Gallery and the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Image of the proposal - image from MayorWatch website

The plans, which were released today (6.6.13), look spectacular and the dated buildings and at times cramped spaces could certainly do with a revamp. I recently went to the stunning Light Show exhibition which I hope to have time to put pen to paper and review shortly. The show was phenomenal and any gallery that can put together such an unusual and eclectic show deserves to have the best environment possible.

Image from Evening Standard

This being said I was sad to see that all three locations will have to be shut for three years during the building work. Also personally I think one of the most interesting things about wandering along the river side is watching the skateboarders doing their thing in the intricately graffitied space outside the centre. It appears that this space is set to be demolished and replaced with restaurants and shops. The skateboarders and graffiti artist will be offered an alternate location so hopefully they will be given a prominent space with the new complex as that aspect of the southbank is so much a part of the experience.

The plans will go on show on the Southbank centre's website and in the Royal Festival Hall in due course so that everyone can see what the changes will mean for the space. So do take a look and have your say as remember the changes are for the good of the public as much as anything else.

For more info head to the Evening Standard, MayorWatch,

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