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Goats cut grass along the South Bank

A garden with a view! One of the goats from a local farm.
A garden with a view! One of the goats from a local farm. Credit: Max Nash/PA Wire

Instead of cutting the grass this winter, gardeners who work on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, have invited some goats to do the job.

Four of the animals from Vauxhall City Farm provided the more eco-friendly alternative!

One of the goats gets to work.
One of the goats gets to work. Credit: Max Nash/PA Wire
Visitors look down at goats grazing on the roof
Visitors look down at goats grazing on the roof. Credit: Max Nash/PA Wire

Rufus Norris to be new Director of the National Theatre

Stage and film director Rufus Norris, whose works have included a collaboration with Blur star Damon Albarn, is to be the head of the National Theatre, succeeding Sir Nicholas Hytner.

Stage and film director Rufus Norris Credit: PA Wire

Norris has been an Associate Director of the National for the past two years and worked with Damon Albarn on the opera Doctor Dee. He said:

"The National is an extraordinary place, full of extraordinary people, and I look forward with relish to the task ahead - that being to fill our theatres with the most exciting, accessible and ground-breaking work our unique and broad community of artists has to offer."

Rufus Norris will take over in April 2015.

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Proposed skate park not 'solely for skateboarding'

All the architects have responded really well to the brief and came up with some fantastic proposals for creating a new urban space under Hungerford Bridge.

The kind of features which skateboarders enjoy - ledges, steps, banks, blocks - are all there, but unlike in a conventional skatepark or skateplaza they have not been explicitly designed solely for skateboarding.

– Rich Holland, Architectural Designer

Skaters refusing to look at new Southbank Centre plans

Skaters who use the Southbank Centre's site are refusing to look at the plans for its redevelopment. Speaking to the Evening Standard, a spokesman for campaign group 'Long Live Southbank' said:

"The conversation has always been about the preservation of the undercroft and that is a conservation they're refusing to have. Any conversation about Hungerford Bridge is a distraction from the real issue."

'Urban and gritty' design for new skate space

The investment of up to £1 million is dependent on the arts organisation raising the costs for the £120 million Festival Wing project Credit: Southbank Centre/42 Architects
Southbank Centre announced its plans for Festival Wing in March 2013 Credit: Southbank Centre/42 Architects
The plans involve using flagstone paving, granite and stone
The plans involve using flagstone paving, granite and stone Credit: Southbank Centre/42 Architects

First glimpse at plans for Southbank Centre skate space

The Southbank Centre has revealed what a planned new site for skateboarders could look like. The centre wants to turn the existing space into shops with a new site located 120 metres away.

The space under Hungerford Bridge would be at least 10% larger than the existing site in the Queen Elizabeth Hall undercroft. It would also be free to use and hours 24 hours a day.

Aerial view of design option for at the Southbank Centre
Aerial view of design option for at the Southbank Centre Credit: Southbank Centre/42 Architects
Computer generated image of the proposed skate site
Computer generated image of the proposed skate site Credit: Southbank Centre/42 Architects
The design options were unveiled for the first time today
The design options were unveiled for the first time today Credit: Southbank Centre/42 Architects
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