FCBStudios were appointed to restore and redesign the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery to transform and modernise them for generations to come.
This restoration and redesign is primarily a conservation project with the aim of replacing building services, improving environmental performance, upgrading infrastructure to support an ever-widening artistic programme, and improving disabled access for audiences and artists. This foundation of renewal and upgrading of the existing buildings will give them a new lease of life and a low maintenance future.
The works also reinterpret the Hayward Gallery's iconic pyramid roof with a solution that allows controlled natural light back into the galleries, described by Henry Moore in the context of the new galleries as “God’s daylight”. Achieving this successful daylight was raised as “a matter of the utmost importance” by the Arts Council to the GLC in 1966 while the buildings were under construction and continues to be at the heart of the project.
The project is being undertaken with the generous support of Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund as well as trusts and foundations, individuals and Southbank Centre's friends.
Photo credits: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios