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Dennis Crompton, one of the original architects involved in the design of the Hayward Gallery, said:
The Southbank Centre says that the development will create "a world-class cultural centre for the 21st century" and address current problems with access and back-stage facilities.
Valerie Shawcross AM, London Assembly Member, Lambeth & Southwark, said:
“Southbank Centre’s proposals will transform a sad and unwelcoming part of the site into the centre piece of the cultural quarter which will offer the residents of Lambeth and Southwark many more opportunities to enjoy the arts”.
Peter Clegg of Architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, said:
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Southbank Centre team to realise their vision of the Festival site at the heart of the city. It is a real honour to be working on one of the most significant, radical and challenging works of architecture from the 1960s.”
The project includes:
- A new Central Foyer - a glazed atrium that will cover the space between the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, and the Hayward Gallery.
- A new Glass Pavilion - a venue "floating" on top of the Central Foyer, designed to hold a full orchestra of 150 and choir of up to 250 plus small audience.
- A new 'liner' building along Waterloo Bridge, including a national literature centre and two restaurants.
- New venues for gigs and dance performances in the undercrofts - the spaces underneath the complex.
- general refurbishment work
- improved disabled access
The Southbank Centre has unveiled plans to transform the complex around the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery.
The proposals include the refurbishment of the existing 1960s buildings and the creation of a new glass pavilion and a central foyer.