Following two years of refurbishment and redesign, the Southbank Centre’s brutalist arts venues, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room have reopened.
The restoration includes fully refurbished and updated auditoria, refreshed and redesigned back of house areas, a bright new artists’ entrance and a revamped Queen Elizabeth Hall foyer which is now flooded with natural light and boasts better views of the Thames. Improved access, and new ventilation, lighting systems and production infrastructure feature across the venues.
Peter Clegg, Senior Partner, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios , said:“ It has been a great privilege to work on such radically significant buildings as the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Hayward Gallery. The more we have uncovered them, the more we have come to respect them as 1960s icons. With the refurbishment complete they have now achieved a sense of timelessness.”
The Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room open with a programme of events paying tribute to the historic legacy of the venues, and the legendary artists who have performed there over the past fifty years. A dynamic blend of contemporary and classical work sees vibrant performances, events, installations and a free programme of activities for all ages. The reopening programme runs from Monday 9 April until the end of May 2018.