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Southbank Centre submits revised redevelopment plans

9 December 2013 No Comment

Amended plans for the partial redesign of London’s Southbank Centre have been submitted to Lambeth Council for approval, building.co.uk writes.

Following the opposition received at architect Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ (FCBS) original ideas, new proposals have at last been announced together with the publication of two images revealing the new Festival Wing.


The £120 million project was initially criticised for being divisive and ‘wedge-like’. It also sought to dispose of the area underneath the complex which has been used for many years as a skatepark – which also met objection.

Such an adverse reaction forced the parties to review plans in July and allow them to ‘consult all its communities’.

Revised plans include a more prominent entrance

According to architectsjournal.co.uk, the new plans include improving internal layouts to provide audiences with improved access to other areas, creating a more prominent entrance at the interface with the BFI Southbank building, moving a glass ‘liner building’ three metres back from the river’s edge to improve views and developing supportive structures for the liner building in such a way that the existing concrete bridge between the Hayward Gallery and Queen Elizabeth Hall can remain.


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In addition, a separate application has been made for a new £1 million skatepark, to be developed under Hungerford Bridge. Larger than the current space, the park will features steps, ramps, a lit roof and space for wall art.

The new spaces will enable the Centre to host an expanded schedule of free events, with some held in the new year-round roof gardens, says timeout.com.

Author: Elizabeth Smythe    Date Written: 09 December 2013

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