BAM in contract for major restoration of London’s Southbank Centre

BAM is commencing a £28 million restoration of the Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room at London’s prestigious Southbank Centre.

The suite of improvements forms part of the Southbank Centre’s ongoing programme of improving its public areas. More than six million people visit every year. Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is the architect.

Southbank Centre describes the works as “long overdue”, and the update will provide “world class facilities”.

BAM’s works on the Hayward Gallery’s glass pyramid roof will allow natural light into the gallery as was the original architectural intention. We will return the upper galleries to their original height and renovate the stone floors.

The Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room auditoria will be restored to their original character – renovating walls, floors, ceilings and retaining and restoring existing seats. New technical production facilities will be provided. The foyer for the Hall will be refurbished with a new ceiling and the riverside wall will be opened up through glazing.

Other features include more accessible dressing rooms, and new and upgraded building services such as plant, heating and cooling, ventilation, lighting, water supply, and specialist stage lighting. There will be new fire alarms, security, and IT cabling. Exterior terraces will be repaired to improve their drainage and accessibility.

The energy and environmental performance of the buildings will be improved.

Funding for the £28 million programme has been through two grants, one from the Heritage Lottery Fund (£4.4 million) which includes a grant to develop Southbank Centre’s archive and another through the Arts Council England (£16.7 million).

Southbank Centre has launched a campaign to raise the remaining £2.1 million.