Seven architects shortlisted for London’s Southbank Centre renovation work

8 July 2012 (Last Updated July 8th, 2012 18:30)

Southbank Centre has shortlisted seven architecture practices for the refurbishment of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery complex in London, UK.

Southbank Centre in London

Southbank Centre has shortlisted seven architecture practices for the refurbishment of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery complex in London, UK.

The shortlisted practices are Bennetts Associates Architects, Eric Parry Architects, Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios, Grimshaw Architects, Heneghan Peng Architects, OMA, Van Heyningen and Haward.

Work will include upgrading of stages, galleries, services and access areas, as well as the creation of a new public square, restaurants and shops on the site.

The renovation programme will bring the performance spaces and galleries up to the standard of the recently renovated Royal Festival Hall and improve the backstage area.

It is the latest stage in a Rick Mather-designed master-plan for the 8.5ha riverside arts complex.

The centre has consulted Lambeth Council, English Heritage and the Twentieth Century Society to draft a conservation management plan for the project. The centre will also be required to complete a second application to the UK council, showing plans at a detailed stage of design and development by September 2013.

"The renovation programme will bring the performance spaces and galleries up to the standard of the recently renovated Royal Festival Hall and improve the backstage area."

In the autumn, the lead architect will be appointed to oversee the project.

The Rick Mather master-plan is a framework for the improvement and extension of existing cultural facilities and public realm at the Southbank Centre.

In 2007, the first phase of the project was completed and focused on the Royal Festival Hall to create three new major public spaces and a new route up to the Golden Jubilee Hungerford Bridges.

In early June, the transformation of Jubilee Gardens was completed ahead of the Diamond Jubilee weekend.


Image: The project includes upgrading of stages, galleries, services and access areas, as well as creation of a new public square. Photo: courtesy of Opringle.