Southbank Undercroft
In Brief

Client: Long Live Southbank & Southbank Centre

Location: London

Cost: Undisclosed

Completed: 2019

The Undercroft is an important part of the Southbank Centre complex. It was first discovered by skateboarders in 1973 and quickly developed into one of the most important skateboarding spots in the world. With the intention of a temporary closure, part of the Undercroft was boarded up in 2004 and has not been skated since.

Our proposals aim to sensitively restore the space beneath the Queen Elizabeth Hall for skateboarding and to build a new learning and creative space for children and young people which will be used to support the activities of the Southbank Centre's Festival Arts School Programme.

The objective of the restoration works is to reinstate the physical makeup of the Undercroft to the exact 1960s design and to merge seamlessly with the current skate space. The plans will restore iconic parts of the Undercroft including the much loved Small Banks and Wooden Ledges, legendary in skateboarding history but closed off for more than a decade.

The proposed skate space will be an extension of the existing provision, reopening over 400sqm of new space for skating, BMXing and graffiti writing. The restoration would give a much needed increase in free creative space on the South Bank of the Thames. See a panoramic view of the space here.

Fundraising for the project is currently underway and so that this restoration can become a reality.

"The Southbank Undercroft is a rare free creative space in the very heart of London, it will enrich London's cultural life, give young people positive and creative outlets as well as a much needed sense of community."
Long Live Southbank