Having started in early 2016 works continue at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery. Soft strip is underway in the Hayward Gallery with wall linings and ceilings being removed ready for the new roof and pyramids later this year, part of the project to let the light in to the upper galleries. Mechanical plant is now mostly removed and as part of Southbank Centre’s archival work elements of the 1960s mechanical and electrical equipment have been retained. You can learn more about this in the new archive studio in the Royal Festival Hall Clore Ballroom next door.
As the work progresses project architect Richard Battye wonders what tales the buildings might tell of the thousands of artists who have walked onto their stages and exhibited in their galleries. "..someone should talk to the old Hall... and tell it that ‘the works are all for your own good, everything will be back working again soon’."
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