Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has awarded Long Live Southbank and Southbank Centre a community growth and development grant of £700k to develop the Queen Elizabeth Hall Undercroft as an extended skate space and inclusive new children and young people’s creative education centre.
The plans drawn up by FCBStudios, and approved by Lambeth Council, reconfigure the existing Undercroft to allow for an extension of the internationally renowned skate space and restoration of some original 1960s banks and concrete paving. The development will also see the creation of a new learning and education space, organised by the Southbank Centre, to deliver its vision for even greater provision of educational arts and culture facilities for young people.
Sadiq Khan, said: “I am using this funding to challenge preconceptions about how regeneration takes place. I want to give all Londoners – regardless of background – the opportunity to be actively involved in their city and have more places to live, learn, work and play.”
The Undercroft, on London’s South Bank, will receive this grant as part of the Mayor of London’s £70 million Good Growth Fund, which drives investments in community growth and development across the capital.
FCBStudios have recently completed the refurbishment of the Hayward Gallery which is now open, and the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room due to open in April.